US Army Private Travis King has been returned to American custody after crossing into North Korea. The US National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, confirmed that Private King’s return was secured through intense diplomacy between multiple countries. US officials expressed appreciation for the interagency team’s dedication to Private King’s well-being and thanked the governments of Sweden and China for their roles in facilitating his transfer. Private King is expected to be taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, upon his return to the US, where he will receive support in readjusting to normal life after his detainment.
Private King’s release followed weeks of diplomatic efforts involving multiple countries. The Pentagon expressed gratitude to the Chinese and Swedish governments for their assistance in securing his return. Sweden played a role in negotiating his release, while China facilitated his transfer out of North Korea. Private King’s family expressed their gratitude to the US Army and its interagency partners for their efforts. Upon his return to the US, Private King is set to receive medical and emotional support at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Private King’s crossing into North Korea in July was deemed unauthorized and will be addressed by the military after his reintegration process. The focus for now is on his health and well-being. US officials confirmed that no concessions were made to North Korea for his release. President Joe Biden and other top administration officials have been closely briefed and have followed the events surrounding Private King’s situation. The US military is prioritizing evaluating Private King’s physical and emotional needs and will address any administrative actions following his reintegration.