US Army sergeant surrenders to US military after 39 years in North Korea

A US Army sergeant who fled the South Korea Demilitarized Zone in 1965 and later appeared in North Korea propaganda films surrendered to US military authorities in Japan Saturday. Charles Jenkins, now 64, turned himself in to the Provost Marshal of Camp Zama, the main US facility 25 miles southwest of Tokyo, and expressed willingness to face the charges against him.

Jenkins eventually married a Japanese citizen who was one of the 15 Japanese kidnapped by North Korea to be used as trainers for the intelligence program. The Japanese and American governments have been discussing how to handle the case. The charges against Jenkins may include desertion, soliciting others to desert, aiding the enemy, and encouraging disloyalty. His court-martial will likely begin in the next few weeks. CNN has more. From Camp Zama, Japan's Mainachi Shimbun has local coverage.

 

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