Militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah may look to North Korea to replenish their depleted arms stockpiles, according to a new security report.
Andrea Berger, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) in London, raised the possibility in a new paper entitled “North Korea, Hamas, and Hezbollah: Arm in Arm?” on the North Korea analysis site 38 North.
“Suggestions that Hamas and Hezbollah may need to restock their weapons stockpiles seem plausible since both are engaged in military action,” Berger said.
“Hamas, for instance, has apparently already fired more than 3,200 rockets into Israel during the current conflict.
North Korea holds friendly relations with both Iran and Syria and analysts believe that they may seek to assist the clients of both nations in order to benefit financially from the sales and to undermine the strength of their enemies, such as the United States who heavily fund Israel in the region.