Charles Jenkins, the former U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea 40 years ago, calls North Korean leader Kim Jong-il "an evil man."
Jenkins held his first news conference today (Monday) since moving with his wife and two daughters to Japan's Sado island. In response to questions, Jenkins called the North's regime "a socialist country's system of exploiting and oppressing the people."
An American court martial gave Jenkins a dishonorable discharge and 30 days' confinement in November. He defected to North Korea in January of 1965, where he later met his Japanese wife, Hitomi Soga, who had been abducted (in 1978) and forced to teach North Korean agents about Japanese culture.
The frail 64-year-old said he spends his days on remote Sado island visiting neighbors, watching television and studying Japanese.