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January 1, U.S. Soldier’s Alleged Defection to North Korea Raises Diplomatic Tensions



In a startling turn of events, a U.S. soldier has reportedly fled to North Korea while being held in military detention in South Korea, according to sources.

Private 2nd Class Travis King, 23, of Racine, Wisconsin, is believed to have escaped his detail while laughing, joined a tour group, and crossed over the inter-Korean border into communist North Korea.

King had been in South Korean custody at Incheon airport, near Seoul, and was being expelled when he made his unexpected move.

Joining a tour group headed to the border village of Panmunjom, within the 154-mile-long demilitarized zone (DMZ), he reportedly dashed away from the group, with a fellow tourist stating that King let “out a loud ‘ha ha ha’ and just runs in between some buildings”.

Despite being pursued by UN Command security forces, King evaded capture.

Adm John Aquilino, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, confirmed that an army private had made the dangerous dash across the DMZ and was “picked up by the North Koreans,” according to NBC News.

U.S. Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, clarified that King had entered North Korea “intentionally and without authorization”.

Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Austin stated, “There’s a lot that we’re still trying to learn, but what we do know is that one of our service members who was on a tour willfully and without authorization crossed the military demarcation line.”

The U.S. State Department admitted that it “has not reached out to the North Koreans or other governments” regarding King’s situation.

Senior Democrat Adam Smith of the House Armed Services Committee described the matter as a serious diplomatic problem given that the U.S. and North Korea do not maintain diplomatic relations.

King’s unexpected flight to North Korea has left many puzzled, including his own family.

Claudine Gates, King’s mother, expressed shock, stating, “I can’t see Travis doing anything like that.”

She had heard from her son just days before, with him confirming that he’d be returning to his base at Fort Bliss, Texas.

This perplexing incident has raised questions about King’s motive, given that he could face military disciplinary actions and discharge from service upon his return to the U.S.

Notably, King is the first U.S. soldier to allegedly defect to North Korea since 1962.

Bottom Line

The timing of this situation presents a thorny issue for U.S. officials, especially in the light of tense relations between the two Koreas and between Washington and Pyongyang.

A law firm specializing in military legal cases suggests that North Korea’s leadership will decide King’s fate if he is attempting to present himself as a legitimate defector.

As these unusual events unfold, they serve as a stark reminder of the intricate geopolitical dynamics of the Korean Peninsula and the potential implications for U.S. foreign policy.

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  1. paul

    July 21, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    Whatever his motive, he’ll be dishonorably discharged, and they should throw him in military prison for the rest of his pitiful life!! He thought the Army life was tough? Wait till bubba in Leavenworth gets ahold of his ass! Desertion is a pretty hard deal to beat, do they still shoot deserters? This is what the Army is turning out these days? No wonder recruiting is down!

  2. John M.

    July 21, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    Leave him have what he wanted in North Korea. Some folks have to learn the hard way. Living there will be worse than any court martial could have given him.

  3. Dr. Joseph O'Neil

    July 21, 2023 at 9:23 pm

    Good. I hope he stays there. They deserve each other.

  4. James Collins

    July 21, 2023 at 9:31 pm

    If Biden was in any other job in the nation, he would have been put on medical leave or worse long ago. Why do Americans wait until we’re in a logjam before something is done? Get him and those who are with him the heck out of there! Both elected and un-elected. He has the World laughing at us.

  5. William Travers

    July 21, 2023 at 9:49 pm

    In the words of that wise man, Ron White, “Ya can’t fix stupid”. However, we’ll probably spend huge amounts of money getting this fool back.

  6. Bret

    July 22, 2023 at 6:48 am

    Let him stay. Don’t need another garner situation Who knows what the idiot in the WH will promise in an exchange.

  7. Happy Warrior

    July 22, 2023 at 8:42 am

    What a dumba$$!

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