Pyongyang — An Eritrean pilot has landed in Pyongyang and is seeking economic asylum, according to North Korea’s state media.

North Korean State media has confirmed this morning that an Eritrean pilot has indeed willingly landed in Heijo Airfield in Pyongyang and is seeking an asylum in the Asian nation.

Though state-controlled media of North Korea hasn’t disclosed the identity of the pilot, commentators who have been closely monitoring the escalation of tensions between North Korea and the East African nation have said that it might be the same pilot who was dispatched by Eritrean Air Force to conduct a show-of-force operation over Korean airspace.

North Korean TV station shows picture of defecting pilot/ Photo Courtesy of DPRK State TV
North Korean TV station shows picture of defecting pilot/ Photo Courtesy of DPRK State TV

North Korean and Eritrean relations have deteriorated recently after North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations called President Isaias of Eritrea a “Senile old Idiot”.

According to the North Korean state television, the pilot was visibly malnourished and suffered from Kwashiorkor Disease and severe Edema and has been hospitalized right after he landed.

 

DRPK state media has informed its viewers that the pilot will soon be interviewed after his health improves.