North Korea vehemently denies any involvement of its weapons in the recent Israel-Hamas conflict and accuses the United States of trying to shift blame from itself to another nation. These allegations surfaced after reports in certain media outlets raised the possibility that weaponry from North Korea had been used by Hamas in their attacks against Israel.
Radio Free Asia, quoting military experts, suggested that Hamas might be using North Korean weapons. The speculation arose from footage showing Palestinian fighters with rocket launchers that resembled those potentially of North Korean origin. Additionally, Voice of America, a U.S. government-owned media outlet, cited an intelligence expert who suggested that some of the weapons used by Hamas may have been supplied by North Korea.
North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, responded to these allegations, condemning the U.S. administration and the media for spreading unfounded rumours about North Korean involvement in the Israel-Hamas conflict. According to KCNA, this narrative is a deliberate attempt to deflect responsibility for the Middle East crisis, which they attribute to U.S. hegemonic policies, onto another nation. They see it as a manoeuvre to evade international scrutiny and criticism that is aimed at the U.S., which they label as an “empire of evil.”
In response to these claims, John Kirby, a spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council, stated that he could not independently confirm the reports regarding the origin of the rockets used by Hamas.
It’s noteworthy that North Korea has a history of frequently blaming the United States for exacerbating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, often accusing the U.S. of pushing the region towards the brink of a nuclear war.
Previously, North Korean state media squarely placed the blame for the violence in Gaza on Israel. They referred to the Israel-Hamas conflict as a significant strategic burden for the United States, along with the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. KCNA highlighted that these conflicts exposed the limitations of the U.S. strategy for global hegemony and its ambition to become the world’s sole superpower.
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