U.S. soldier crossed into North Korea ‘willfully and without authorization,’ Austin says

By Lara Seligman , Alexander Ward , Paul McLeary and Eric Bazail-Eimil

07/18/2023 09:44 AM EDT

Updated: 07/18/2023 01:49 PM EDTA U.S. service member crossed the border from South Korea to North Korea “willfully and without authorization” Tuesday and is believed to be in North Korean custody, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed during a press conference Tuesday.The soldier was on a civilian tour of the Demilitarized Zone, according to Col. Isaac Taylor of United States Forces Korea Public Affairs, and not on duty at the time. The soldier “willfully and without authorization” separated from the group and crossed the demarcation […]

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