The American-led United Nations Command received a message from North Korea after two weeks of silence following the decision by Travis King, a U.S. Army private, to bolt across the border into the country through the Demilitarized Zone while on a public tour.
“I can confirm that the DPRK has responded to United Nations Command, but I don’t have any substantial progress to read out,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told the media at the Pentagon Tuesday, using the acronym of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Ryder said it was an “acknowledgment” from North Korea that the U.N. Command received.
King, 23, sprinted across the border into North Korea on July 18, a day after he was supposed to travel to a base in the U.S. He recently served two months in a South Korean prison for assault and was scheduled to return to Fort Bliss, Texas, where he could have faced additional military discipline and discharge, but departed the airport before boarding his plane.
King is a 2020 graduate of Park High School in Racine. Much of his family, including his mother, reside in southeast Wisconsin. A member of King’s family said they would prefer to comment sometime Wednesday when asked for comment Tuesday night by the Journal Sentinel.
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: North Korea responded to U.N. Command regarding Travis King, U.S. says