Not much is reported on North Korea’s support of an independent Palestinian state or the Palestinian support for the regime in North Korea, but the latest letters between the two nation’s leaders reveal a lot.
North Korea and Palestine hold a special relationship on the world stage. At first glance, it seems like an odd friendship since one nation holds extremist Islamic views and the other extreme atheist views. However, they both share a common enemy – America.
Kim Jong Un received a special letter last week, congratulating North Korea on their 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of North Korea. On September 22, Kim Jong Un sent a letter in response that read, “I express my gratitude for the warm congratulations you have extended on the occasion of the 72nd founding anniversary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. I take this opportunity to reaffirm our people’s invariable support to and solidarity with the righteous cause of the Palestinian people.”
The content of the letter was published by North Korean media.
The two nations often exchange letters. Pyongyang has been a huge fan of Palestinian militant activities since the beginning. Yasser Arafat traveled to North Korea many times on shopping trips for the weapons he needed for terrorism. North Korea armed the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, leading a US federal judge to find the Kim regime liable for the 1972 Lod Airport massacre in 2010.
North Korea has repeatedly been caught attempting to ship weapons to both Hamas and Hezbollah.
Kim Jong Un has written letters in the past supporting the Palestinian claim of Jerusalem as their capital.
For the 70th Communist Party anniversary in North Korea, President Abbas sent a special letter congratulating the Korean people for “the greatest sacrifices for the sake of its freedom and dignity.” He also expressed appreciation for North Korea’s solidarity in support of the Palestinian rights and its just struggle to end Israeli occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.
Sanctions are placed on both nations at the moment.