United States, North Korea, Blaine Harden discussed on PRI's The World

PRI's The World


And during the regular army in 1958 but as you mentioned then defected in nineteen 65 and why is the big question here for me well we company look into the mind of a young man who some fleeing away from what you'd think would be the free world but what he told us at court martial he was actually court marshaled by the us military in two thousand four was that he was afraid he was afraid of the hardship endanger danger of serving in south career and he was even more afraid of being sent to vietnam so that seems to be the principal motivation plus he did have about ten is so on that patrol that night his judgment was probably paid what happened to him while he was in north korea at will he was there for decades and it was a nasty brutal time you could imagine him almost having some kind of celebrity status as there were very few us military defectors but no they will looked up together in a small cabin and fed very poor food here's him for example talking in an interview in two thousand eight with blaine harden of the washington post the right side nor gruber sudden years older adults polar bird who rock so pretty miserable conditions did he ever have a family in north korea will actually he did he met a young japanese abductee and by that i mean north korea had this bizarre policy of sending agents to japan to kidnap japanese citizens to bring them back to train north korea's own spies in japanese culture and language and he was introduced to one of these women who may have actually married and by whom he had two children hitomi soga and who he leaves now is a widow so how did jenkins get out of north korea when did that happen without was also connected to his wife told me soga there was tremendous political pressure from japan round the end of the 1990s beginning of the 2000s to get these abductees released and the north korea leadership had a change of heart and actually did release some of them in two thousand two and a couple of years later they decided to let jenkins go to be reunited with his wife is an act of compassion if.

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