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    American Soldier Who Crossed into North Korea Arrives Back in the US, Video Appears to Show

    American Soldier Who Crossed into North Korea Arrives Back in the US, Video Appears to Show

    SAN ANTONIO — The American soldier who sprinted into North Korea across the heavily fortified border between the Koreas more than two months ago arrived back in the U.S. early Thursday, video appeared to show.

    North Korea abruptly announced Wednesday that it would expel Pvt. Travis King. His return was organized with the help of ally and rival , according to the White House.

    While officials have said King, 23, is in good health and the immediate focus will be on caring for him and reintegrating him into U.S. society, his troubles are likely far from over.

    King, who had served in South Korea, ran into the North while on a civilian tour of a border village on July 18, becoming the first American confirmed to be detained in the isolated country in nearly five years. At the time, he was supposed to be heading to Bliss, Texas, following his release from prison in South Korea on an assault conviction.

    He has been declared AWOL from the . In many cases, someone who is AWOL for more than a month can automatically be considered a deserter.

    Punishment for going AWOL or desertion can vary, and it depends in part on whether the service member voluntarily returned or was apprehended. King's handover by the North Koreans makes that more complicated.

    Video aired Thursday by a Texas news station appeared to show King walking off a plane in San Antonio. Dressed in a dark top and pants, he could be seen speaking…

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