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North Korea says it will expel U.S. soldier Travis King 2 months after he crossed the border

North Korea said Wednesday that it will expel Travis King, the U.S. soldier who intentionally ran across the border into the isolated country this summer.

King, 23, "bolted" across the heavily armed border on July 18 during a tour of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

A statement reported by the state-run news agency KCNA said that King will be "expelled" at an unspecified time, according to news agencies. No details were given of the destination of the American Army private, who had been based in South Korea. 

Pvt. 2nd Class Travis King.
Pvt. 2nd Class Travis King.via Carl Gates

The statement added that King had confessed that he "illegally intruded" into North Korean territory and that he harbored "ill feelings over inhumane treatment" and racial discrimination within the U.S. Army.

The U.S. has not yet responded to these claims.

Before he crossed the border, King had not long been released from a South Korean prison and was being escorted by the military to Incheon International Airport near Seoul to possibly face further disciplinary action in the U.S.

A senior administration official told NBC News in July that King instead joined a commercial tour group headed for the Joint Security Area, a U.N.-administered area between the North and the South.

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