Israel Claims Weapons Aboard North Korean Plane Were Heading to Hamas & Hezbollah
Isreal claimed today that a shipment of weapons discovered aboard a North Korean plane in December were heading to Iran’s terror organizations, Hamas and Hezbollah.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed Wednesday that North Korean weapons aboard a plane seized in Bangkok in December were bound for terror groups Hamas and Hizbullah.
Lieberman said during a visit to Japan that North Korea, Syria and Iran are cooperating as a new “Axis of Evil” and pose the biggest threat to world security because they are building and spreading weapons of mass destruction.
“We saw this kind of cooperation… with the North Korean plane in Bangkok with huge numbers of different weapons with the intention to smuggle these weapons to Hamas and Hizbullah,” Lieberman told reporters in Tokyo.
Acting on a tip from the United States, Thai authorities on Dec. 12 seized an Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang when it landed in Bangkok. It was carrying 35 tons of weapons — a violation of UN sanctions against North Korea.
Flight documents indicated the plane’s cargo — listed as oil drilling equipment — was headed for the Iranian capital Teheran. Iranian officials denied they were importing weapons.
The five-man crew — four from Kazakhstan and one from Belarus — claimed they were ignorant of what they were carrying. The crew was deported in February after prosecutors dropped all charges against them.
Analysts have said that while the aircraft may have been heading for Iran, the weapons could actually have been earmarked for groups like Hamas and Hizbullah which Iran has bankrolled and supplied with weapons in the past.