North Korea asserts U.S. soldier fled there after becoming disillusioned with American society

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North Korea says a U.S. soldier who fled there across the heavily armed Korean border was disillusioned at the inequality and racism of American society.

Relatives of the U.S. soldier who sprinted across North Korea’s border say he may have felt overwhelmed by legal woes and a possible military discharge.The KCNA dispatch on King came hours after North Korea slammed U.S.-led plans for an open United Nations Security Council meeting on its human rights record as “despicable” and only aimed at achieving Washington’s geopolitical ambitions.

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Son Gyong said the American human rights issue must be dealt at the U.N. council, calling the United States “the anti-people empire of evils, totally depraved due to all sorts of social evils.” Kim accused the U.S. of fostering racial discrimination, gun-related crimes, child maltreatment and forced labor.King was supposed to be heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, following his release from prison in South Korea on an assault conviction.

According to U.S. officials, King — who chose to serve his time at a labor camp rather than pay the nearly $4,000 fine — has been declared AWOL. The punishment for being away without leave can include confinement in the brig, forfeiture of pay or dishonorable discharge and it is largely based on how long they were away and whether they were apprehended or returned on their own.

 

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