NKIDP e-Dossier no. 2 “North Korean Pilots in the Skies over Vietnam” in the Media

Dec 05, 2011

NKIDP is pleased to announce that the newly released e-Dossier, “North Korean Pilots in the Skies over Vietnam,” has received considerable attention from news outlets in Korea and across Asia. The e-Dossier, which features an introduction and translated Vietnamese documents provided by Merle L. Pribbenow, confirms that North Korea dispatched members of its Air Force to North Vietnam beginning in 1967. In addition to training pilots from the People’s Army of Vietnam, the North Korean troops also took part in direct combat operations against U.S. forces, allegedly shooting down 26 American aircraft.

UPDATE: New Vietnamese news coverage added below. 

To read more about the e-Dossier in English, please see the following news reports:

“New Documents Prove North Korea’s Air Force Participation in Vietnam War,” Arirang, 5 December 2011;

“North Korea’s Participation in Vietnam War Specified in New Dossier,” Bernama, 5 December 2011;

“NK Participation in Vietnam War Confirmed in Dossier,” KBS World, 5 December 2011;

“N.K.’s participation in Vietnam War described in new dossier,” The Korea Herald, 5 December 2011;

“NK’s participation in Vietnam War specified in new dossier,” The Korea Times, 5 December 2011;

Lee Chi-dong, “N. Korea’s participation in Vietnam War specified in new dossier,” Yonhap News Agency, 4 December 2011.

 

To read more about the e-Dossier in Korean, please see the following news reports:

“After 46 years, documents reveal that North Korea dispatched air force personnel to Vietnam during the Vietnam War, Naver, 5 December 2011;

 “Documents confirm that North Korea sent air force personnel to Vietnam during the Vietnam War,” Joongang Ilbo, 5 December 2011;

“Documents reveal that North Korea sent its pilots to fight in Vietnam,” Maeil Gyungje, 5 December 2011;

“Documents disclose North Korea’s participation in the Vietnam War,” Chosun Ilbo, 5 December 2011;

“87 pilots from North Korea were sent to the Vietnam War, leaving 14 dead,” Newsis, 5 December 2011;

“Official documents disclose North Korea’s participation in the Vietnam War,” Ajoo Gyungje, 5 December 2011;

“Official documents disclose North Korea’s military participation in the Vietnam War,” Seoul Gyungje, 5 December 2011;

“Official documents disclose North Korea’s military participation in the Vietnam War,” Kyunghyang Shinmun, 5 December 2011;

“Documents disclose after 46 years that North Korea dispatched air force personnel to Vietnam during the war,” Segye Finance, 5 December 2011;

“North Korea dispatched its Air Force personnel to the Vietnam War,” Asia Gyungje, 5 December 2011;

“Official documents confirm for the first time that North Korean sent pilots to fight in the Vietnam War,” Kukmin Ilbo, 5 December 2011;

“Documents reveal that North Korea sent pilots to fight in Vietnam,” Segye Ilbo, 5 December 2011;

“Documents confirm that North Korean sent its pilots to fight in Vietnam,” Chunji Ilbo, 5 December 2011;

“Documents confirm that North Korea dispatched three units of its Air Force to the Vietnam War,” Herald Gyungje, 5 December 2011;

“Documents confirm for the first time that North Korea dispatched air force personnel to fight in Vietnam,” BBS Jungchi, 5 December 2011;

“Documents confirm that North Korea dispatched air force personnel to the Vietnam War…did they fight the South Korean military?” Asia Today, 5 December 2011;

“According to the Woodrow Wilson Center’s new publication, documents confirm that North Korea dispatched air force personnel to the Vietnam War,” Seoul Shinmuni, 5 December 2011;

“Woodrow Wilson Center’s new publication ‘North Korean pilots in the skies over Vietnam’ confirms that North Korea dispatched its military to the Vietnam War,” YTN News, 5 December 2011;

“North Korea’s participation in the Vietnam War confirmed by official documents,” MBN News, 5 December 2011.

 

To read more about the e-Dossier in Vietnamese, please see the following news reports:

"North Korea helped Vietnam during the war," Radio Free Asia, 5 December 2011

"New documents show North Korean military assistance to North Vietnam," TIN TỨC HÀNG NGÀY Online, 6 December 2011

"North Korean combat troops in Vietnam," Vietinfo, 5 December 2011

"Official documents confirm Communist North Korea fought in Vietnam," FreeVietNews, 6 December 2011 

"New documents show North Korean military assistance to North Vietnam," Voice of American Vietnamese, 5 December 2011.

"Official documentation: North Korean participation in the Vietnam War," Radio France Internationale tiếng Việt, 5 December 2011.

"Documents official confirm Communist North Koreans have served in Vietnam," Saigon Television Broadcasting Network, 5 December 2011. 

"New documents show North Korean military assistance to North Vietnam," Vietnam Daily, 6 December 2011.

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