It has come to light that North Korean weapons may have been used by Hamas militants in their recent assault on Israel. This startling information was reported by none other than The Associated Press, and is based on evidence provided by South Korean officials, two experts on North Korean arms, and an analysis of weapons seized by Israel.
The weapon in question is the F-7 rocket-propelled grenade, a shoulder-fired weapon typically used against armored vehicles. This lethal device, originating from the rogue state of North Korea, was reportedly used by Hamas during their attack on October 7. Images published by Hamas show their fighters holding launchers that bear a striking resemblance to the F-7, including a distinctive red stripe on the warhead.
This isn’t just a matter of coincidence or mistaken identity. The F-7 is similar to the Soviet-era RPG-7, but with some noticeable differences that make it stand out. And it’s not the first time North Korea has been linked to Palestinian militant groups. In fact, there’s a long and dark history of Pyongyang supporting these groups, with their weapons turning up in intercepted supplies.
But where does Hamas get these deadly devices? The answer is as disturbing as it is predictable: Iran. Tehran has a well-documented history of supporting Hamas and has even modeled some of its ballistic missiles after North Korean variants. In 2009, Thai authorities intercepted a North Korean cargo plane loaded with conventional arms, including rockets and rocket-propelled grenades, bound for Iran. The United States later confirmed that these weapons were intended for Hamas.
And the trail of North Korean weaponry doesn’t stop there. They’re also suspected of supplying ammunition, artillery shells, and rockets to Russia in support of its war on Ukraine. The White House recently stated that North Korea had delivered over 1,000 containers of military equipment and munitions to Russia.
This is a grim reminder of the dangerous game North Korea plays on the world stage, using illicit arms shipments to fund its weapons programs. But it’s not just about money – it’s about destabilizing regions and fueling conflicts around the world. This is a wake-up call for all freedom-loving nations to unite against this rogue state and its underhanded tactics. The world cannot stand by while North Korea continues to arm terrorists and rogue regimes.