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North Korea says it will expel Travis King, a US soldier who ran across the border in July

North Korea announced on Wednesday that it would expel Travis King, the American soldier who entered the country two months earlier, according to the country’s official media. North Korean broadcaster KCNA said King confessed to entering the country illegally.

“The investigation into Travis King, a US soldier arrested after illegally invading the territory of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) from the Panmunjom Joint Security Area on July 18, has been completed,” KCNA said in his report. , according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

It was not immediately clear when King might be expelled from North Korea, or where the isolated nation would send him.

Travis King
This family photo shows a portrait of U.S. Soldier Travis King on display at the home of his grandfather Carl Gates on July 19 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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King, a private 2nd class in the US Army, entered North Korea while taking a guided tour of the border village of Panmunjom, which he reached after fleeing from a Seoul airport, in South Korea, where he was supposed to have boarded a flight back to the United States

North Korea previously claimed that King told investigators he crossed the border because he “harboured resentment against inhumane mistreatment and racial discrimination within the U.S. military.”

The U.S. military said at the time it could not verify the allegations.

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