September 26, 2023

North Korea: What is known about an American soldier who was arrested after crossing the border

An American soldier is being held in North Korea after crossing the border without permission. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed this information.

A US service member on an orientation trip to the Joint Security Area crossed the Military Demarcation Line into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea intentionally and without authorization. We believe he is currently being held in the DPRK, and we are working with our KPA colleagues to resolve this incident.”

The US soldier has been identified as Private Second Class Travis King, officials have told CBS News, the BBC’s US partner.

CNN reported that US authorities are waiting to officially confirm his identity so that his next of kin can be notified that he is in North Korean custody.