A US soldier who crossed the heavily guarded border between South and North Korea and found himself in North Korea has previously spent about two months in a South Korean prison. An official in the South Korean capital Seoul told AFP news agency said.
The US Army has identified Travis King as Private Second Class Travis King, who has been serving in the Army since 2021. King “was released on July 10 after spending about two months in a South Korean prison on assault charges,” a South Korean official said. Nearly 30,000 US troops are stationed in South Korea.
A US soldier walked into North Korea on Tuesday. CBS News The man was returning to the United States, but after going through security at the airport, he went to South Korea and joined a group of tourists.
A US military spokesman in South Korea said he crossed the Panmunjom border. In the uninhabited border village, North and South Korea concluded a cease-fire in 1953 after three years of war. Today it is a tourist attraction known as Druze Village.
This is where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in symbolically crossed the border during their meeting in 2018. Kim did the same with then US President Donald Trump a year later.
Crossing the North Korean border through South Korea is extremely rare, let alone a US soldier. The last time this happened was in 1982. The US says it is “resolving” the incident.
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