US Army deserter who spent decades in N.Korea dies at 77

US soldier Charles Jenkins who defected to North Korea dies

US soldier Charles Jenkins who defected to North Korea dies

The 24-year-old U.S. Army sergeant stationed in South Korea at the demilitarized zone (DMZ), the border area with the North, crossed the line holding a rifle with a white T-shirt wrapped around it and surrendered to North Korean guards.

The issue sours already strained Japan-North Korea relations and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe often wears a blue ribbon to remind him of their abduction.

In 2004, at an emotional court martial, Jenkins said he deserted the USA forces to escape hazardous duty in South Korea or avoid fighting in the Vietnam War. I never had drunk so much alcohol'.

The two met in North Korea and had two daughters.

Microsoft to start teaching quantum computing (helping solve life's problems)
Microsoft released a preview version of its Quantum Development Kit with a new programming language called Q# on Monday. The local version can simulate around 30 logical qubits of power using a typical laptop.

"I know I was not thinking clearly at the time, and a lot of my decisions don't make sense now, but at the time they had a logic to them that made my actions seem nearly inevitable", he wrote in his 2008 memoir.

"I was so ignorant", Jenkins told The Washington Post in a 2008 interview, describing his life in North Korea as like living in a "giant, demented prison".

Jenkins said he and other Americans were forced to teach English to Kim Il-sung, the founder of the secretive state.

During his time in North Korea he taught soldiers English but also acted as a U.S. spy in a propaganda video.

Horgan's reluctant 'yes' on Site C was the right call
John in northern B.C., would produce about 4,600 gigawatt hours of electricity each year - enough to power about 400,000 homes. Site C would also flood Indigenous heritage sites and force up to 20 families, many lifelong ranchers, to move.

After he was dishonourably discharged and served a 30-day sentence for desertion, Jenkins moved with his family to Sado, Soga's rural hometown, late in 2004.

Soga, 58, had already returned to Japan two years before with a group of other abductees.

"You don't say no to North Korea". He then returned to Japan to be with his wife, eventually finding work at a tourist attraction in Sado.

In Japan Jenkins spent his time working in a gift shop and also wrote a book about the time he spent in North Korea. Be it reading or having sex, he had to do things only when the government allowed him.

EVMs back in the News in Gujarat Polls 2017
The second phase polling is on December 14 and counting, along with that of Himachal Pradesh, will be held on December 18. Sometime later, that too went bad", said Shaktisinh Gohil, who is contesting from Mandvi.

Hitomi Soga embraces her husband, U.S. Army defector Charles Robert Jenkins, as the two are reunited at the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2004, after Jenkins' release. "No electricity. In the wintertime you freeze-in my bedroom, the walls were covered in ice". He was accused of absconding and fleeing to North Korea.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.