The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday said Travis King, the U.S. soldier who crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) into the country last month, has admitted that he “illegally intruded” due to “inhuman maltreatment and racial discrimination within the U.S. Army,” state agency KCNA reported.
The report also claimed that King expressed a willingness to seek refuge in the DPRK or in a third country.
The Pentagon on Tuesday said it could not verify the alleged comments made by 23-year-old Private 2nd Class Travis King carried by the KCNA report but that Washington remained focused on his safe return.
“We remain focused on his safe return. The department’s priority is to bring Private King home, and that we are working through all available channels to achieve that outcome,” a Pentagon spokesperson said.