James Joseph Dresnok

American defector James Joseph Dresnok

James Joseph Dresnok is an American defector to North Korea, one of six American soldiers to defect after the Korean War. Dresnok worked as an actor and an English teacher in Pyongyang. He was featured on the CBS magazine program 60 Minutes on January 28, 2007, as the last United States defector alive in North Korea, and was the subject of a documentary film entitled Crossing the Line.
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U.S. Soldier Who Defected to North Korea in 1962 Has Died, His Sons Say
NYTimes - 6 months
James Dresnok, whose North Korean-born sons say he died in November, crossed the Demilitarized Zone in 1962.
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Last US soldier to defect to N Korea is dead
CNN - 6 months
James Joseph Dresnok, believed to be the last remaining US soldier in North Korea, died last year, two of his sons said in video posted on a North Korean state-run news site.
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Is this for real?
Fox News - almost 5 years
Supposedly (and let me empahsize ‘supposedly’) this is the twitter account of James Dresnok – an American who defected to North Korea.  I have lots of suspicion about this — how does he get access to the internet for starters (although I do know the North Korean leadership is constantly mining the internet.  They are watching.) This could be a fake account set up by someone in USA, or a fake account someone set up in NK that is not really this defector…or I suppose it could be the real thing.  All I know is that I am suspicious about this.                
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Orchestra Considers Invitation To Korea
NYTimes - over 10 years
New York Philharmonic officials were returning yesterday from an exploratory trip to North Korea with glowing reports of concert possibilities in the capital, Pyongyang, but they faced the potentially difficult task of selling the idea to the players. The orchestra has traveled to the Soviet Union and China but perhaps never to a place as isolated
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An American in North Korea, Pledging Allegiance to the Great Leader
NYTimes - over 11 years
Even at 64 years old and in failing health, James Dresnok projects an imposing figure. Six-foot-five with a huge frame and giant jowls, he speaks into the camera with a firm, distinct Southern accent. Metal teeth glint as he talks. ''I will give you the truth; I've never told anyone before,'' says Mr. Dresnok, a former soldier, a defector and, for
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Joseph Dresnok
  • 2014
    Age 73
    James joined the Korean military in 2014, and in 2016 reported he held a rank equivalent to that of Captain in the US Army.
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  • 2007
    Age 66
    Jenkins's book also mentions this, but claims that she was abducted in order to be the wife of one of the American deserters. The Romanian Foreign Office's website says that in 2007 Romania asked North Korea to explain Bumbea's abduction but it did not receive an answer.
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  • 1978
    Age 37
    Beginning in 1978, he was cast in several North Korean films, including the 20-part series Unsung Heroes (as an American villain), and became a celebrity in the country as a result.
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  • 1966
    Age 25
    In 1966, the four men tried to leave North Korea by seeking asylum at the Soviet embassy in Pyongyang, but the embassy immediately turned them over to North Korean authorities.
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  • 1962
    Age 21
    Unwilling to face punishment, on August 15, 1962, while his fellow soldiers were eating lunch, he ran across a minefield in broad daylight into North Korean territory, where he was quickly apprehended by North Korean soldiers.
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  • 1941
    Age 0
    Born in 1941.
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