North Korea Releases American Prisoner

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( – U.S. Army Private Travis King, who had intentionally crossed into North Korea during the summer, has been returned to U.S. custody in China. On Wednesday, officials revealed that after remaining in the custody of North Korea, the country decided to expel him.

Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the press secretary of the Department of Defense, noted that Travis had been returned by North Korea. He then thanked the U.S. military personnel who were involved in King’s return, as well as the Chinese and Swedish governments for their assistance.

Two U.S. defense officials also revealed to NBC News that King had arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Before being transferred to the U.S., he had spent time in South Korea.

Following his release, he is going to undergo post-isolation support activities, which are used to assist prisoners of war and those Americans who have been wrongfully detained. The PISA activities are helpful at getting Americans acclimatized to being back in the country and can assist with any trauma and post-traumatic stress.

The 23-year-old private had originally crossed into North Korea on July 18 during a public tour of the Demilitarized Zone that separates South and North Korea. On Wednesday, North Korea announced the decision to expel the King from their country.

In the statement at state-run news agency KCNA, it was noted that King had admitted to having illegally entered North Korea after being “disillusioned about inhumane treatment and racial discrimination” and witnessing the inequality present in U.S. Societies.

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