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( – Fox News reported that an American soldier in plain clothes was detained in North Korea after crossing the Military Demarcation Line, which acts as a clear border between the country and South Korea.

A senior defense official revealed to Fox News that Private 2nd Class Travis King had completed two months in the detention facility in South Korea after being involved in a physical altercation with some locals. Following his arrest, he was held at the detention facility, where he had claimed he did not want to return to the United States.

The U.S. Forces Korea spokesperson stated that on Tuesday, King had been on a joint security area orientation tour where he had proceeded to cross the Military Demarcation Line without having the authorization or being pushed to take this action. The spokesperson revealed that they believe the man is in the custody of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and they are working with the Korean People’s Army to find a solution to this incident.

Before being detained in North Korea, King had just been released from a detention center in South Korea and had been under observation for a week at the U.S. base in the country. He was scheduled to return to the U.S., but King entered the terminal on his own as his military escort was not allowed to go past airport security.

After being left alone, he exited the airport and went on the tour wearing civilian clothes.

Former CIA Station Chief Dan Hoffman revealed that there were many questions relating to this incident and that the U.S. military would launch a full investigation in order to gain a greater understanding of what happened.

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