WASHINGTON – The USA stated on Wednesday it has no contemporary information on the US soldier who left a tour of the demilitarised zone and bumped into North Korea, in a weird incident that has baffled authorities in Washington.
US officers have recognized the soldier as Non-public Second Class Travis King, who broke away from a South Korean orientation go to within the border Panmunjon truce village on Tuesday and raced over the frontier the place it’s believed he was taken into custody by North Korean officers.
Little is thought in regards to the serviceman’s motive or current standing within the reclusive nation.
“We right here on the State Division, and the UN, are all persevering with to work collectively on this matter to establish details about the well-being and whereabouts of Non-public King,” stated State Division spokesman Matthew Miller.
Pte King, who earlier was within the strategy of being despatched again to america over disciplinary issues, someway acquired to Panmunjon and crossed the border “wilfully and with out authorisation”, US officers stated.
Mr Miller stated the State Division was persevering with to collect info on the case, however knew nothing of his present situation.
“I need to be very clear that the administration has and can proceed to actively work to make sure his security and return him residence to his household,” he stated.
He stated the Pentagon has reached out to contacts within the North Korean army for info on Pte King’s scenario, however there had not been a response.
Mr Miller stated Washington, which doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, has different channels to speak.
He talked about that the State Division is partaking counterparts in South Korea and Sweden to search out out info on Pte King.