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US Soldier Reportedly Looking for Asylum After Fleeing From South Korea To North Korea

It has been a month since he crossed the inter-Korean border.

On July 18, 2023, an American soldier named Travis King left the world perplexed after crossing the border between South and North Korea willfully. He was reportedly detained by North Korean authorities. A month after the incident, North Korea has damaged their silence on this subject.

The Joint Safety Space (JSA) on the DMZ between South and North Korea | Hankyoreh

On Wednesday, August 16, North Korea’s state-run Korean Central Information Company (KCNA) reported concerning the “interim findings of the investigation into US soldier Travis King.” In keeping with the report, King, a Personal 2nd class US army soldier stationed in South Korea, had deliberately crossed into the DPRK (Democratic Individuals’s Republic of Korea or North Korea).

U.S. Military soldier Travis King | Reuters

The KCNA claimed that in the course of the investigations carried out by the related authorities, King acknowledged his “illegal intrusion” as deliberate, fueled by the “inhumane abuse” he confronted within the US army.

All through the investigation, Travis King admitted to his deliberate determination to cross into the DPRK, pushed by his resentment in the direction of the inhumane abuse and racial discrimination inside the US army.

— KCNA

The report additionally claimed that King wished to flee American society and was decided to hunt refuge elsewhere.

Travis King additionally expressed disillusionment with the inequities current in American society and articulated his intention to hunt asylum both inside our nation or in a 3rd nation. The investigation continues to be ongoing.

— KCNA

The US Division of Protection responded to the experiences saying it couldn’t confirm its truthfulness. Protection Division spokesman Martin Meiners instructed the media that their precedence proper now’s King’s secure return house.

Seoul-based consultants really feel that North Korea’s assertion was timed strategically to counter-attack the USA within the face of the upcoming open briefing on the UN Safety Council that may deal with the human rights state of affairs in North Korea. Lim Eul Chul, a professor of North Korean research at Kyungnam College in Seoul, stated this response may “probably point out North Korea’s intention to use King’s case as a problem to the US’ human rights campaigns directed towards North Korea.

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