North Korea says Travis King wants refuge from racism, mistreatment in US

U.S. Army soldier Travis King appears in this unknown location, undated photo obtained by REUTERS/File Photo SEOUL, Aug 16 (Reuters) – North Korea concluded that Travis King wants refuge there or in another country because of “inhuman maltreatment and racial discrimination” in the U.S. and the military, state media said on Wednesday, Pyongyang’s first public acknowledgement of King’s crossing from South Korea on July 18.

A private in the U.S. Army, King dashed into the North while on a civilian tour of the Joint Security Area (JSA) on the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas.

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