December 03, 2023

‘Abuse and racism’ drove Travis King to seek asylum in North Korea: State media

First statement from Pyongyang on matter comes around one month after King crossed inter-Korean border on JSA tour

North Korea has confirmed the status of U.S. soldier Travis King for the first time, releasing a statement in state media saying he “admits to illegally” crossing the inter-Korean border around one month ago and that he seeks to stay in the DPRK.

According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday, King “confessed to wanting to cross into the DPRK” due to “inhumane abuse and racism in the U.S. military.”