January 21, 2021

Is An American Defector Tweeting From Pyongyang?

A Twitter account purporting to belong to an American man who defected to North Korea after the Korean War is publishing tweets from Pyongyang. Anecdotal evidence indicates the account could be real, but little more is known regarding its authenticity.

James (Joe) Dresnok is the only remaining American defector left in North Korea, leaving his post as a soldier in the U.S. Army and fleeing across the DMZ in 1962. For nearly 42 years he was neither seen or heard, until a documentary film crew interviewed him for the movie Crossing the Line.