updated 10/18/2006 7:30:44 AM ET 2006-10-18T11:30:44

The last known American defector to North Korea has said he has no plans to return to the United States.

A documentary that premiered at a South Korean film festival on Tuesday showed him tearing up at images of his hometown Richmond, Va.

In the film, 65-year-old James Joseph Dresnok said he now feels "at home" since he switched sides more than 40 years ago. He said that he decided to defect because he was fed up with life in the Army and he was facing punishment for falsifying a signature on his leave papers.

The documentary said he and three fellow American defectors once tried to leave North Korea by seeking asylum at the then-Soviet Union's embassy in Pyongyang but were turned down.

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