Travis King: North Korea claims that a US soldier defected due to racism in the military.

After remaining silent for a month, covert North Korea has now acknowledged that it is detaining US soldier Travis King. According to the hermit kingdom, King defected due to mistreatment and ‘race prejudice’ within the US Army.

The revelation, which was released on Wednesday by North Korea’s official media, represents the country’s first public admission that the Americans had crossed into its territory.

During a July civilian tour of the Joint Security Area near the heavily fortified border between the North and the South, US soldier Private Travis T. King ran into North Korean territory.

According to eyewitnesses, he was last seen laughing as he ran across the DMZ.

One day after he was meant to report to an Army camp in the US, US officials said they believed he crossed on purpose.

Investigators in North Korea claim to have reached the conclusion that King crossed the border willfully, unlawfully, and with the intention of staying in the nation or emigrating to another one.

According to a report published on Wednesday by the state news agency KCNA, King left the US Army because of “inhumane treatment and racial discrimination.”

According to KCNA, Travis King admitted during the investigation that he left the US Army because of racial discrimination and inhumane treatment, which led him to the DPRK (the official name of the North).

He also stated that he might be open to seeking asylum in the DPRK or another nation because of the inequality in American culture.

The statement’s conclusion noted that the inquiry will go on.

There were no images or videos of the King within the kingdom, information about where he is being detained, or updates on his health.

King was under investigation for a number of alleged offenses in South Korea that led to his imprisonment.

The soldier was instructed to go home after he was let out of detention. Instead, King followed an excursion group and ran across the border into the communist nation while laughing. He was then apprehended at the border.

Representative Michael McCaul stated in July that he was worried the North may take advantage of the 23-year-old’s defection and demand a payment for his return.

McCaul said on ABC last month that “we see this with Russia, China, and Iran: They exact a price for that when you hold an American, especially a soldier, hostage.” And that’s what I’m concerned about.

McCaul asserted that King was “running away from his problems” when he chose to visit the communist nation.

He was about to catch an aircraft back to the United States and was facing disciplinary proceedings, McCaul said.

King would have been flown to Texas to attend a hearing addressing the termination of administrative separation measures for a foreign conviction following his 47 days in a South Korean detention facility.

But instead, McCaul added, “He skipped the plane, went on a tour of the DMZ, and then ran across the line.” “That’s just something you don’t do.”

According to U.S. officials, King had been punished for assault while stationed in South Korea and had spent more than a month in detention before being led to Incheon International Airport for a commercial trip to Dallas, Texas.

He returned to the terminal after telling airline workers he had lost his passport at the departure gate after passing security checks, a travel official stated on the condition of identity.

King quickly crossed the Military Demarcation Line that has divided the two Koreas since the Korean War’s armistice in 1953 and joined a civilian tour of the Panmunjom truce town.

King was photographed by a tourist on a border tour just before he sprinted into the covert communist state.

King was spotted peering across the border into the covert communist country while donning a black t-shirt and hat from a gift shop at the demilitarized zone.

He allegedly made the crazy sprint after escaping from his military superiors and joining the tour while laughing uncontrollably, according to witnesses.

Sarah Leslie from New Zealand, the visitor who captured the image of the military when King was crossing the street, said she at first thought it was a trick “for TikTok.”

Leslie observed King walking alone and not seeming to interact with other members of the trip as the group left Seoul in the early morning hours by bus. He once, according to her, purchased a DMZ hat from a gift shop.

She noticed King sprinting “really fast” as the tour was coming to a conclusion on Tuesday afternoon. The group had just left the building and was lingering around, snapping pictures.

Leslie declared: The most dumb thing you could do, in my opinion, was to presume that he had a friend filming him in some sort of incredibly idiotic stunt or joke, like a TikTok. Then, though, I heard a soldier order, “Get that guy!”

The U.S. Army’s counter-intelligence agency and U.S. forces in South Korea are presently conducting an inquiry into what led King to make such a perplexing choice, according to Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh’s statement from last month.

In response to a query regarding whether the Pentagon thought King was still alive, Singh chose not to explicitly comment.

She claimed that at the time, the American military was unable to provide any details regarding King’s situation.

We are unaware of his condition. Where he is being held is unknown to us. Singh stated, referring to his official position in the military as being “AWOL,” or absent without leave, that “We are unaware of what is happening regarding his health.”

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