[ワシントン／ソウル ２７日 ロイター] – North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on the 27th that authorities have decided to deport US soldier Travis King, who crossed the North-South Military Demarcation Line into North Korea in July.
A U.S. official later told Reuters that King would be expelled from North Korea to China and that the U.S. would take him into custody and bring him back. Details have not been released, but sources said King is in good physical and mental health and is “very happy” to be able to return home. He also said he was able to speak with his family after his expulsion from North Korea.
He also stated that there was no concession made to North Korea regarding this matter.
There was no comment from the US State Department or the White House on this matter. U.S. Forces Korea and United Nations Command did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
KCNA reports the final findings on Soldier King. The soldier admitted to illegally invading North Korea and said he was disgusted by inhumane treatment and racial discrimination within the U.S. military.
The report said authorities had decided to deport him in accordance with domestic law, but did not mention the timing or procedures for expulsion.
North Korea had announced that King wanted to seek asylum in North Korea for the same reason, as part of an interim investigation.
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