North Korean-born sons of U.S. defector appear in propaganda video

(CNN)Two siblings who matured in North Korea and determine themselves as the boys of an American defector appeared together in a North Korean video today, contacting the United States to stop its hostility towards Pyongyang.

Speaking proficient Korean, with a North Korean accent, James and Ted Dresnok blame “American imperialism” for the stress on the Korean peninsula, and get in touch with the United States to withdraw its forces from South Korea.
“The United States should desert its anti-North Korean policy,” Ted Dresnok states in the video. “The U.S. has to get up, reach a peace arrangement with us, and leave South Korea. That’s the only method to conserve itself.”
    The 2 males, both in their 30s, state they are both wed with kids and utilize the surname “Hong” in North Korea. In the video, both are using North Korean pins on their lapels, and James Dresnok remains in a military uniform. He states he is a captain in the Korean People’s Army, which he signed up with the army to assist safeguard North Korea from the American risk.
    “I observed the existing condition triggered by the anti-North Korean policy by the United States,” he states. “I chose I need to sign up with the Korean People’s Army. I chose I need to safeguard this nation.”
    The males state their dad is James Joseph Dresnok, an American GI who, according to the Pentagon, defected to North Korea in 1962. The senior Dresnok crossed the greatly secured demilitarized zone in between North and South Korea and has actually lived given that in the north.
    It is uncertain if he is still alive, however if so he would remain in his mid-70s. He appeared in a 2006 documentary called “Crossing the Line” where he validated his defection and safeguarded the North Korean program. He likewise has actually appeared in North Korean motion pictures, playing an American bad person– as have the kids, with a clip of the 3 published on YouTube.
    American defectors are thought about an important propaganda tool by the North Korean program, according to Balbina Hwang, a checking out teacher at Georgetown University.
    “It reveals the lengths (and the depths) to which the North Korean propaganda device runs, having actually totally utilized these 2– victims, I would called them, it’s rather a misfortune– as the mouth piece of the program.”
    The hour-long video appeared on the U.S.-based site Minjok Tongshin. It was uncertain when the video was made, or whether the guys appeared under pressure.
    “It’s really odd due to the fact that they plainly are entirely indoctrinated into the North Korean system,” stated Hwang. “Remember, these 2 siblings were in fact born in North Korea. It’s the only world that they understand,” she stated.
    “They’re the supreme examples of the Stockholm Syndrome,” Hwang included, describing scenarios where hostages bond with their captors.
    The Pentagon acknowledged in 1996 that a minimum of 4 American servicemen had actually defected to North Korea over the years: Pvt. James Dresnok, Pvt. Larry A. Abshier, Cpl. Jerry W. Parrish, and Sgt. Robert Jenkins.
    Jenkins was permitted to leave North Korea in 2004, and in his book “The Reluctant Communist” he stated that his choice to flaw in 1965 was the most significant error of his life. He stated throughout his time in North Korea, he was required to check out the works of North Korea’s rulers 8 hours a day, and teach English to North Korean spies.
    He stated in his book that James Joseph Dresnok was not wed to a North Korean female, however to a female from Romania who stated she was deceived into taking a trip to Pyongyang and was not permitted to leave.
    Ted and James Dresnok might have matured under hard conditions, according to Greg Scarlatoiu with the Washington, D.C.-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
    “I’m definitely specific that they have actually lived their lives under suspicion, under unrelenting security,” he stated.
    But Scarlatoiu, who verified that the 2 guys in this week’s video are the Dresnok bros, included that he thinks the siblings have actually likewise been “safeguarded to a specific level, since they’re such an excellent propaganda possession.”
    Indeed, in their video, the bros applaud their lifestyle in Pyongyang, along with the “supremacy of socialism, and the kindhearted policy” of the judgment Kim household in North Korea.
    Officials for the State Department, CIA, and the workplace of the Director of National Intelligence decreased to talk about the video.

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