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North Korea an overlooked player in Middle East threat landscape, experts say

MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN | JNS.org | Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:25 pm

North Korea has provided the technology or weapons for Hamas’ cross-border attack tunnels from Gaza to Israel, Hezbollah’s Scud-D missile stockpile in Lebanon, and Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility. Yet the totalitarian state in East Asia doesn’t seem to frequently enter the Western public discourse on Middle East threats.

With January's North Korean nuclear test, which represented a significant advance in Pyongyang’s strike capability and the fourth time the nation has exploded a nuclear device, analysts such as Dr. Bruch E. Bechtol — the author of four books on North Korea and a political science professor at Angelo State University in Texas — say it is time for the United States to pay closer attention to the rogue state’s military proliferation in the Middle East.

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