North Korea has decided to expel Travis King, the African-American US soldier who voluntarily defected across the military demarcation line to the North on July 18 during a tour of the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas. King is currently in US custody.
“The United States has not made any concessions to North Korea in exchange for the soldier’s release,” a senior American official said in a briefing with a small group of journalists. “The soldier is doing well both physically and emotionally,” the official added. “He is very happy to return home and see his family again,” he said.
Travis King confessed to illegally entering North Korean territory due to his “discomfort” with the US military and American society. This was written by the North Korean agency KCNA, quoted by the South Korean agency Yonhap. “Travis King confessed to illegally entering DPRK territory because he harbored a grudge against inhumane abuses and racial discrimination within the US military and was disillusioned with unequal US society,” KCNA said in its voice report. English. “The relevant authority has decided to expel Travis King, a soldier of the US Army who illegally entered the territory of the DPRK, in accordance with the law of the Republic,” wrote he agency, Yonhap reports again.
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