By: Nadeemy Haded
An American magazine opened the file of the North Korean pilots who participated in the Vietnam War, noting that the visit of the Foreign Minister of Pyongyang to a cemetery in Vietnam in 2000 confirmed "a common truth."
The National Interest magazine, which specializes in military and strategic affairs, reported that Pyongyang had sent fighter planes in the 1960s to North Vietnam to help, and North Korean pilots fought air battles with American pilots, many of whom lost their lives during them.
A report in this regard stated that a visit made by the North Korean Foreign Minister in 2000 to the Pak Giang Cemetery in Vietnam was a fact described as a rumor, represented by the attack of dozens of North Korean pilots belonging to the Navy and the US Air Force in the sky of Vietnam during the sixties, during which 14 North Korean pilots were killed. .
The American magazine said that historians, after early mysterious reports, discovered a lot about the activities of Pyongyang pilots, who were said to have made a significant contribution to the air war that North Vietnam fought against American warplanes, especially between 1967 and 1968.
The report, on the other hand, saw that the depletion of the American and South Korean forces in the Vietnam War allowed North Korea to launch a campaign aimed at provoking a revolution in South Korea with minimal reaction from Washington, noting that Pyongyang's activities in this regard culminated in an assassination attempt. The President of South Korea in 1968, seizing the US spy ship "USS Pueblo" in international waters.
The report quoted Vietnamese documents translated in 2011 that the arrangements started with a letter from North Korea, which Hanoi received on September 21, 1966, requesting permission to send teams of North Korean air force pilots to support the war effort to Vietnam.
A committee headed by legendary Vietnamese general Fu Nguyen Gyap reached an agreement stipulating that North Korean air force personnel be called "specialists", and that they would be under a North Korean command assisted by Vietnamese representatives assigned to specific missions.
It was narrated in this context that shortly after the parties agreed, the first batch of North Korean warplanes, 10 MiG-17 fighters, arrived at Hanoi, and later more sophisticated North Korean Soviet-made MiG-21 fighters were deployed. In northern Vietnam.
The report pointed out that although the remains of the 14 North Korean pilots were repatriated to their country in 2002, tombstones are still a memorial in Vietnam.
Reports quoted a Vietnamese pilot as saying that the North Korean pilots announced that they had destroyed 26 American warplanes, describing them as having fought air battles with great courage but were slow in their reactions in general, causing a number of them to fall.
The report pointed out that North Korea withdrew its air forces from Vietnam in 1969, noting that Pyongyang is preparing Vietnam as a model for the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
Despite the historical and ideological links between Pyongyang and Hanoi, the American magazine notes that the relations between the two previous allies remained cool, especially since North Korea failed in 1996 to pay for a Vietnamese rice shipment, while South Korea, not North Korea, is today one of Vietnam's largest economic partners. .
Source: The National Authority