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( – On Thursday, the U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea stated during the opening remarks of a trilateral meeting with the U.S., Japan, and South Korea that they were working hard to find out what has happened to U.S. Army Private Travis King, who has been held in North Korea following his crossing into the country during a DMZ tour.

Reuters reported that during his speech, Sung Kim claimed that officials had been trying to find a way to bring King back to the U.S. safely.

The Korean People’s Army has so far not responded to the Pentagon’s requests, according to the State Department. On Wednesday, Matthew Miller, a State Department spokeswoman, noted during the briefing that there was cooperation between his department, the White House, the Pentagon, and the U.S. in an attempt to find out more information about the location of Private King.

As he pointed out, they were still trying to find out the facts of this case, but the administration was actively trying to bring him back to safety and return him to his family. Miller pointed out that while the Pentagon had requested information from the Korean People’s Army, those requests have remained unanswered. He added that there were a few different channels through which they could try to communicate with the DPRK, but that in such circumstances all discussions are sensitive, which is why he cannot provide information about them at this time.

King first joined the U.S. Army in January 2021. On Tuesday, he had been on a joint security area orientation tour when he willfully crossed the Military Demarcation Line and entered North Korea.

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