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North Korea Expels Soldier Travis King Back to the U.S.

HeadlineSep 28, 2023

A U.S. soldier who crossed into North Korea in July has arrived back in the United States after being expelled by Pyongyang. U.S. Army Private Travis King had been held for two months after crossing the DMZ. North Korean authorities had said King, who is Black, had “harbored ill feeling against inhuman maltreatment and racial discrimination within the U.S. Army and was disillusioned about the unequal U.S. society.” The White House thanked the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang and the Chinese government for their role in facilitating his release and return home. It is unclear what disciplinary action King may now face by the military.

Meanwhile, North Korea’s parliament has voted to enshrine its nuclear weapons program as part of the country’s constitution.

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