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North Korea accuses US of instigating war between Israel and Hamas

October 23, 2023 at 12:27 pm

Demonstrators rally to show support for the Palestinian people following the Gaza City hospital blast, on October 18, 2023, in Chicago. [KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images]

Pyongyang accused Washington on Monday of being behind the current war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, saying that the US is “entirely” responsible for this tragedy, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency has reported.

“Pyongyang raised the accusation following US President Joe Biden’s recent trip to Israel where he reiterated his backing of Israel and condemned a deadly explosion at a hospital in Gaza by what he called a terrorist group,” said Yonhap.

“The US is the ringleader in the Middle East situation,” alleged the official Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang. “A massive battle of slaughter is intensifying in the Middle East due to the biased and intentional instigation of the US.”

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North Korea criticised Washington’s use of its veto to block a UN Security Council resolution last week calling for humanitarian aid to be allowed to enter Gaza. The US opposed the resolution because the draft did not mention Israel’s alleged “right” to self-defence against the people living under its military occupation. There is no legal defence with such a right under international law.

Pyongyang criticised both the US and EU over the vote, saying that Washington “altogether annihilated a small chance to prevent the worsening of the situation in the Middle East,” while the EU backed the stance with the “absence of its independent thinking and principle.”

Earlier this month, North Korea condemned Israel in the conflict, saying it is the “consequence of Israel’s ceaseless criminal actions” against the people of Palestine.

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