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    US Officials Say Travis King, Who Crossed into North Korea, Is in American Custody

    US Officials Say Travis King, Who Crossed into North Korea, Is in American Custody

    , South — The American soldier who crossed into North Korea two months ago is in American custody, two U.S. officials said Wednesday.

    One official said that Pvt. Travis King was transferred to U.S. custody in China. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss King's status ahead of the US announcement.

    Earlier, North Korea said it would expel King. That announcement surprised some observers who had expected the North to drag out his detention in the hopes of squeezing concessions from Washington at a time of high tensions between the rivals.

    The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported that authorities have finished their questioning of King but did not say when officials to expel him or where.

    King, who had served in South Korea, sprinted into North Korea while on a civilian tour of a border village on July 18, becoming the first American confirmed to be detained in the North in nearly five years.

    At the time he crossed the border, King was supposed to be heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, following his release from prison in South Korea on an assault conviction.

    On Wednesday, the state news agency said that King confessed to illegally entering the North because he harbored “ill feeling against inhuman maltreatment and racial discrimination” within the U.S. and was “disillusioned about the unequal U.S. society.”

    It has attributed similar comments to King before, and…

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