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Fugitive US soldier: Travis King wants to apply for a visa to North Korea

Fugitive US soldier: Travis King wants to apply for a visa to North Korea

A deserted American soldier

Travis King wants to apply for a visa in North Korea

In mid-July, an American soldier crossed the border from South Korea into North Korea without permission and was arrested. He is said to have complained to investigators about the United States.

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According to North Korean interrogators, “Bitterness about inhumane treatment within the US military”: Travis King.

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  • An American soldier crossed the heavily secured border from South Korea into North Korea.

  • He fled to North Korea to avoid possible punishment by the US military.

  • It looks like he wants to apply for a visa there.

in the case of late American soldiers who defected to North Korea Travis King spoke for the first time about leadership in Pyongyang. He ran across heavily secured borders out of disillusionment with the inequality of American society, according to a report by state news agency KCNA on Wednesday. North Korean investigatorsThe black soldier said he was “upset at the inhumane treatment and racial discrimination within the US military”.

King also expressed his willingness to seek protection in North Korea or a third country. The reason was that he was “disappointed with the unequal American society.” North Korea said the investigation into the US soldier’s case was still ongoing.

The American soldier had spent nearly two months in a prison in South Korea on charges of assault. He was scheduled to be returned to Fort Bliss, Texas, in mid-July. Instead, shortly before his scheduled departure to the United States, he left the airport in South Korea, joined a tour group for a tour of the border town of Panmunjom, and fled to North Korea. He is the first American to be detained by a widely isolated country in nearly five years.

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