North Korea Alleges American Soldier Defects Due to Discontent with "Unequal American Society"
North Korea's propaganda arm has made its first public statement regarding the detainment of American soldier Travis King. According to the ...
North Korea's Propaganda Arm Makes Statement on Detainment of American Soldier
The propaganda arm of North Korea has released its first public statement regarding the detainment of American soldier Travis King. According to the statement, King entered North Korea due to alleged mistreatment in the U.S. Army. The 23-year-old soldier crossed the heavily guarded demilitarized zone (DMZ) line during a civilian tour and was subsequently taken into custody by North Korea. It has been reported that King had previously faced disciplinary action for assault in South Korea and was also facing further disciplinary action in the U.S.
North Korean State Media Claims Dissatisfaction with U.S. Army
North Korean state media has alleged that a U.S. soldier named King fled into North Korea due to dissatisfaction with mistreatment and racial discrimination within the U.S. Army. The media also claimed that King was disillusioned with the unequal society in America.
Pentagon Official Unable to Verify North Korean Comments
A Pentagon official stated that The Wall Street Journal cannot verify the comments allegedly made by a North Korean official named Kim Yo Jong. The official emphasized that North Korean media often releases statements in line with the communist regime's agenda, which typically portrays the United States as an evil empire.
Pentagon's Priority is Safe Return of Soldier
The Pentagon official emphasized that they cannot confirm the alleged comments made by the U.S. soldier held captive in North Korea. They stated that their priority is to bring Pvt. King back home safely and that they are working through all available channels to achieve that. A former CIA analyst dismissed the regime's statement as North Korean propaganda, highlighting that King, as an American citizen held in North Korea, has no influence over how the country portrays the situation.
Uncertainty Surrounds Fate of Detained Man
The fate of the man named King, who is being held in North Korea, remains uncertain. It is possible that the North Korean regime may attempt to use King's release as leverage to gain financial concessions from the United States. Negotiations are expected to be difficult, and the terms of King's release will likely be dictated by Pyongyang.
American Soldier Voluntarily Crosses into North Korea
In a recent development, an American soldier named King has become the first to voluntarily cross into North Korea since 1982. This news follows the highly publicized case of American civilian Otto Warmbier, who was detained and imprisoned by North Korea in 2016 on false charges of subversion. Warmbier was released after 17 months in a coma and tragically passed away shortly after returning to the United States. The incident involving Warmbier has drawn international attention and raised concerns about the treatment of individuals in North Korean custody.
Details of King's Incidents in South Korea
The Daily Wire app is being promoted for readers to download. The article mentions an individual named King who was involved in two incidents in South Korea before crossing into North Korea. In September, King was accused of punching a man in the face at a club, and the case was settled. In October, he was accused of acting aggressively towards police officers during a fight. Court documents obtained by Reuters provide details about these incidents.
Man Detained for Assault Charge
A man named King was detained for an assault charge and spent nearly two months in detention. He was released on July 10th, according to The Associated Press. Officials had planned to send him back to America before he entered North Korea.