Here’s What Happens When a U.S. Citizen Defects to North Korea


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A U.S. soldier who crossed into North Korea on Tuesday is in "uncharted territory," an expert has told Newsweek, as Pyongyang remains silent on the fate of 23-year-old U.S. Army soldier Travis King. On Tuesday, the U.N. Command, which provides support to the Republic of Korea, said a U.S. national on an "orientation tour" of the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) had crossed into North Korea "without authorization." He was later identified by U.S. officials as King, and the Pentagon said he had "willfully" stepped over the border. Few concrete details have emerged around why Private King,...