By COLlive reporter
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth on Wednesday found North Korea and Iran liable for damages caused by a series of missile attacks on Israel in 2006.
The lawsuit was filed by Rabbi Chaim Kaplan, Director of Agudat Kiryat Chabad – Chabad of Tzfas, and other survivors who were injured from a katyusha rocket fired from Lebanon.
A special master will now be assigned to determine the amount of damages that will be assessed; collecting the money owed, of course, will be a different matter, it was reported.
Michael Doyle, a reporter for McClatchy newspapers, wrote that Lamberth’s decision “is a primer, of sorts, on the linkages between Iran, North Korea and Hezbollah.”
In his 18-page decision, Lamberth said “there can be no doubt” that North Korea provided Hezbollah with advanced weapons, expert advice and construction assistance to hide the weapons, and Iran financed North Korea’s assistance and helped transport the weapons.
“Hezbollah members began travelling to North Korea for specialist instruction as early as the late 1980s,” Lamberth noted. “Hezbollah General-Secretary Hassan Nasrallah himself visited North Korea for training purposes during this time.”
Lamberth added that Among other noted Hezbollah members who underwent training in North Korea was Mustafa Badreddine, who served as the movement’s counter-espionage chief in the 2006 war, as well as the head of Hezbollah’s security and intelligence service.