Sunday, April 14

The US denounces that North Korea does not respond to its messages about the soldier Travis King who crossed the border


The United States Department of State has denied on Monday having obtained a response from North Korea in the attempt to recover the American soldier Travis Kingwho a week ago crossed the border without authorization.

“I have seen the reports on contacts between the United Nations Command and North Korea. As I understand it, there have been no new communications in recent days (…) I am not aware of any new inquiries beyond those that took place in the first hours after he crossed the border, “explained the department’s spokesman, Matthew Miller, at a press conference.

Miller has specified that the UN Command is aware that Pyongyang has received the message: “I let you decide if that constitutes a true response or not. We have sent messages to North Korea but we have not received any response yet«he stated, before adding that they “would love to receive an answer as soon as possible.”

The spokesman has indicated that Washington’s attempts to communicate with the North Korean authorities are part of the intention to find out the whereabouts of the soldier and to receive information about his safety. «We want you back as soon as possibleso we will continue to work on this case,” Miller remarked.

Hours earlier, the deputy commander of the United Nations Command, General Andrew Harrison, reported that talks had begun within the Joint Security Area with the North Korean government, although he did not offer further details, as he stated in a meeting with journalists in Seoul, the South Korean capital, according to CNN.

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King crossed the Military Demarcation Line as a civilian one day before his scheduled return to the United States, where he faced disciplinary action due to his bad behavior during the time he was deployed in South Korea, where he was detained for several days.

The United Nations Command is a multinational military force led by the United States that fought on the side of South Korea during the Korean War (1950-1953). It controls the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area, the only place where Pyongyang and Seoul can meet for negotiations.

Missiles and tension in the region

From Washington, the spokesman has tried to break a spear in favor of diplomacy with Pyongyang, both in reference to the case of the American soldier and when asked about the recent launch of ballistic missiles.

“Once again, we urge the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to refrain from escalating actions. We remain committed to diplomacy and reiterate our interest in dialogue with North Korea without preconditions,” he said, while recalling that the launch of missiles violates “multiple” UN Security Council resolutions.

In this sense, Miller has insisted that the Biden Administration continue working with its partners in the region, such as South Korea and Japan, so that Pyongyang puts an end to the escalation of tensions in the area. “Certainly we would welcome China to participate as a force for good in this sense,” he added.

As for the North Korean missile launch tests, the White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, has also spoken, stressing that such actions pose a threat to North Korea’s neighbors and to the international community; and the deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary General, Farhan Haq, who has reiterated his “concern about the increase in tensions on the Korean peninsula.”

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