Report: North Korea may have aided Hezbollah

posted at 8:41 am on December 13, 2007 by Bryan

Ronery Kim gets around.

North Korea may have given arms to Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, according to a report compiled for Congress that could complicate U.S. plans to drop Pyongyang from its terrorism blacklist.

The report obtained on Wednesday by Reuters was written by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which provides independent analysis to Congress, and cited “reputable sources” as saying Pyongyang had given arms and possibly training to the militant groups, which Washington regards as “terrorist” organizations.

As part of a deal to get Pyongyang to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons, Washington has dangled the possibility of removing North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism if it fully discloses its nuclear programs.

It said that in September 2006, Paris Intelligence Online, a French Internet publication that specializes in political and economic intelligence, had published details of an extensive North Korean program to give arms and training to Hezbollah.

The French publication said the program began in the 1980s with visits by Hezbollah members to North Korea for training and expanded after 2000 with the dispatch of North Koreans to Lebanon to train Hezbollah members how to build underground bunkers to store arms, food and medical facilities.

It said this training “significantly improved Hezbollah’s ability to fight the Israelis” during the 2006 war.

The CRS document also cited a report by a prominent South Korean academic, Moon Chung-in, that the Mossad Israeli intelligence agency believed that “vital missile components” used by Hezbollah against Israel came from North Korea.

There may be a knee-jerk reaction to try to pin this cooperation on President Bush’s inclusion of North Korea in the “axis of evil.” The fact that the North Korea/Hezbollah relationship began in the 1980s is unlikely to slow the knee-jerkers down much. They still think our problems with al Qaeda and with Iraq began in 2001.


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There may be a knee-jerk reaction to try to pin this cooperation on President Bush’s inclusion of North Korea in the “axis of evil.” The fact that the North Korea/Hezbollah relationship began in the 1980s is unlikely to slow the knee-jerkers down much. They still think our problems with al Qaeda and with Iraq began in 2001.

Actually, they’ll acknowledge that the problems began in the 1980s for Hezbollah and 1990 for Iraq. They’ll just claim reality was suspended during the 8 years of Clinton.

steveegg on December 13, 2007 at 8:46 AM

….meanwhile the State Department placed its collective heads in the sand.

Hening on December 13, 2007 at 9:47 AM

the North Korea/Hezbollah relationship began in the 1980s

He’s not as ronery as we thought.

Bigfoot on December 13, 2007 at 9:52 AM

that could complicate U.S. plans to drop Pyongyang from its terrorism blacklist.

I don’t see this as all that complicated, assuming that it still isn’t going on. The US fusses and “expresses concern” about past actions- and then goes ahead and removes N. Korea from the list.

The more relevant question is SHOULD North Korea from the list and my gut reaction is no, they should not. I suspect that whatever aid they have given in the past is continuing.

highhopes on December 13, 2007 at 9:57 AM

highhopes on December 13, 2007 at 9:57 AM

sooo… the fact that NORKS were killed when Israel blassted that Syrian Nuke plant is not important?

Or is it you don’t think that Hez has used NORK arms during its rebuilding in Leb?

I don’t think its so much a strategic partnership, as much as an economic partnership. Hez has access to Hard Currency… which N. Korea needs…

Romeo13 on December 13, 2007 at 10:12 AM

All I can say is the USA seems to be employing the stealthiest B2 bombers around, because the mood here the last 2 weeks is one of total shock & awe and we haven’t seen a single bomb.

It’s absolute shell shock here – Our Defense Minister Barak of all people (the man is a walking American flag supporter) openly criticized the US yesterday & harhsly, it means us actions headed by the State Dept have put US / Israeli relations in a tail-spin.

Personally, I no longer can take America at its word when it states it does not negotiate with terrorists, Hezbollah, Syria, Iran, North Korea – Can someone find me a bloody terrorist you are not negotiating with!?

saus on December 13, 2007 at 10:20 AM

This isn’t exactly news. It’s well known the Hezbos trained with and in North Korea and got weapons from them in the ’80s. I wrote about this a few weeks ago on my site and in the NYPost, when I wrote about how Hezbollah/Syria-backed Nidal Al-Aouar, cousin of FBI/CIA spy Nada Nadim Prouty, trained in North Korea. He’s one of many to do so.

Debbie Schlussel on December 13, 2007 at 10:47 AM

saus on December 13, 2007 at 10:20 AM

Not many of us take us at our word on that one either, but few of us own responsibility for it.

samuelrylander on December 13, 2007 at 10:50 AM

I recall that there were lots of people like Jimmy Carter who said if only Israel would get out of Lebanon, Hezbollah members would return to their farms and there would be peace because Israel would no longer be an occupier. I believe that Patrick J. Buchanan, the Carter of the bizarro right, also said the same thing. George McGovern came out of mothballs to say the same thing. The New York Times said the same thing dozens of time.
Yet when Israel did just what the Carter/Buchanan/UN/State Department crowd told the Israelis to do, it brought nothing but more terrorists closer to the border. Jay Leno said that to Carter and Carter’s face became contorted with rage and he yelled at Leno: “That’s not true”. With Carter, he has a left wing mindset that is filled with antiIsrael antiAmerica bile. When the facts get in the way, Carter just denies reality and attacks the messenger.

Larraby on December 13, 2007 at 11:15 AM

Where does Aaahwik Baaahdwin fit in here?

BL@KBIRD on December 13, 2007 at 11:43 AM

America, f*** yeah!

Ian on December 13, 2007 at 12:40 PM

Where’s Han Bricks when we need him?

RobCon on December 13, 2007 at 4:08 PM

Does terrorizing your own people count?

(“Own people”, as though they belonged to him…)

Tzetzes on December 13, 2007 at 9:19 PM