North Korea has decided “to expel” U.S. Army Private Travis King, who crossed into the North from South Korea during a tour of joint security area in July, stated local media KCNA on Wednesday.
“The relevant organ of the DPRK decided to expel Travis King, a soldier of the U.S. army who illegally intruded into the territory of the DPRK, under the law of the Republic,” KCNA said. The report added that the investigation into King “has been finished.” It is still unclear from the KCNA’s report where, when, and how King will expelled.
In July, King crossed the military demarcation line from South Korea to North Korea while he was touring the Joint Security Area inside the demilitarised zone. King, a junior enlisted soldier assigned to US Forces Korea, was already facing assault charges in South Korea and was scheduled to return to Fort Bliss, Texas, and be removed from the military just one day before he entered the territory of North Korea, as previously reported by CNN.