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US soldier Travis King, detained in North Korea after crossing the border two months ago, has been returned to US custody, as confirmed by US officials.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan acknowledged the efforts, stating, “We appreciate the dedication of the interagency team that has worked tirelessly out of concern for Private King’s wellbeing.” Sullivan also extended gratitude towards the governments of Sweden and China for their roles in the process.
King had reportedly entered North Korea due to alleged “inhuman maltreatment and racial discrimination” within the US Army. The North Korean official news outlet, KCNA, stated that King had been expelled from their territory after their investigation.
Previously, King had been incarcerated for nearly two months in a South Korean prison for assault. Following his release, he was scheduled to return to Fort Bliss, Texas, but managed to join a tour at the border village of Panmunjom, during which he crossed the border.