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The US soldier who ran throughout the border into North Korea final month “admitted that he illegally intruded,” Pyongyang’s state information company KCNA mentioned Wednesday, citing an investigation.

The report is the primary public remark from North Korea on the case of Travis King, who was heading again to the USA after a run-in with South Korean police when he snuck away to affix a vacationer journey to the Demilitarized Zone.

“Based on an investigation by a related organ of the DPRK, Travis King admitted that he illegally intruded into the territory of the DPRK,” KCNA mentioned, utilizing an acronym for North Korea’s official title.

“Through the investigation, Travis King confessed that he had determined to return over to the DPRK as he harbored in poor health feeling in opposition to inhuman maltreatment and racial discrimination throughout the US Military,” KCNA added.

After a drunken pub combat, an incident with police and a keep in South Korean jail, Non-public Second Class King was being taken to the airport final month to fly again to Texas.

However as a substitute of travelling to Fort Bliss for disciplinary hearings, King snuck away, joined a Demilitarized Zone sightseeing journey and slipped over the border.

King “got here to be saved underneath management by troopers of the Korean Folks’s Military on responsibility as he intentionally intruded into the world of the DPRK facet between the room for the DPRK-US army contacts and the remaining room of safety officers alongside the Navy Demarcation Line,” KCNA mentioned Wednesday, confirming King’s detention in North Korea for the primary time.

“He additionally expressed his willingness to hunt refugee within the DPRK or a 3rd nation, saying that he was disillusioned on the unequal American society,” KCNA mentioned, including {that a} authorities investigation was nonetheless ongoing.

July’s incident got here as relations between the 2 Koreas are at one in all their lowest factors ever, with diplomacy stalled and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un calling for elevated weapons growth, together with of tactical nuclear warheads.

Earlier this month, the United Nations Command mentioned North Korea had “responded” to efforts to debate the case.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed on the time that contact had been made with the North Koreans, including he nonetheless had no concept the place King was or in what situation.

The 2 Koreas stay technically at struggle as a result of the 1950-53 battle resulted in an armistice, not a treaty, and a lot of the border between them is closely fortified.

However on the JSA, the frontier is marked solely by a low concrete divider and is comparatively straightforward to cross, regardless of the presence of troopers on each side.

Pyongyang has an extended historical past of detaining Individuals and utilizing them as bargaining chips in bilateral negotiations.


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