Travis King, the U.S. soldier who sprinted across the border into North Korea was released into American custody on Wednesday.
King, who had served in South Korea, was on a civilian tour of the border village on July 18, when he ran into North Korea.
At the time Travis ran for the border, he was supposed to be heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, following his release from prison in South Korea on an assault conviction.
The Korean Central News Agency claims Travis King confessed to illegally entering North Korea because he harbored “ill feelings against inhuman maltreatment and racial discrimination” within the United States Army and was “disillusioned about the unequal U.S. society.”
Travis’ mother, Claudine Gates, doesn’t understand why her son would want to stay in Korea.
“I just can’t see him ever wanting to just stay in Korea when he has family in America. He has so many reasons to come home,” she said.
Travis was transferred into U.S. custody in China and his condition is unknown.
He is being taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
While Travis’ release is good news – it’s not going to be the homecoming people may be expecting.
He was declared AWOL by the U.S. government, which means he could face punishment by time in military jail, forfeiture of pay, or a dishonorable discharge.
Watch the ABC News report below.
I pray the truth comes out about why Travis King seemingly fled into North Korea.