September 25, 2020

Sons of defector American reappear in N. Korean media, confirm father’s death

James Dresnok died of a stroke in November last year, son says

The two adult sons of James Dresnok, an American who defected to the North in 1962, appeared in a video released by North Korean state media on Friday and confirmed their father's death last year.

In an interview released by the Uriminzokkiri outlet, Ted and James Dresnok, who also go by Hong Soon Chol and Hong Chol respectively, tell Roh Kil-nam of the U.S.-based Minjok Tongshin that James Dresnok had died in November of a stroke.