Pvt. Travis King, 23, ran across the heavily fortified border from South Korea and became the first American detained in North Korea in nearly five years.
State media say Kim made the comments during a two-day session of the North’s rubber-stamp parliament which amended the constitution to include his policy of expanding the country’s military nuclear program.
Although Pvt. Travis King's expulsion by North Korea resolves a still-mysterious episode, it almost certainly does not end his troubles. King had been declared AWOL by the U.S. government.
On Tuesday, South Korea rolled tanks, artillery systems, drones and powerful ballistic missiles capable of hitting all of North Korea past Seoul streets.
The North Korean leader has been pushing hard to expand his nuclear arsenal and introduce a slew of new weapons systems.
The North Korean leader reportedly visited munitions factories last week and said North Korea must have “an overwhelming military force" and be fully prepared for any war.
North Korea has remained publicly silent about Pvt. Travis King, who crossed the border, while he was supposed to be heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, after his release from prison in South Korea on an assault conviction.
Pvt. Travis King was supposed to be on his way to Fort Bliss, Texas, this week after finishing a prison sentence in South Korea for assault.
Pvt. 2nd Class Travis King bolted into North Korea while on a tour of the Demilitarized Zone on Tuesday after he was supposed to leave the country and travel to a base in the U.S.
Activists for years have flown balloons across the border to distribute propaganda leaflets critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
South Korea's military says North Korea’s latest weapons launch apparently ended in failure.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned that his country will “fully mobilize” its nuclear force if threatened as he took center stage at a military parade in which the country unveiled what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile and other additions to its growing weapons arsenal.
The North Korean warning came as relations between the two Koreas have been strained amid a prolonged deadlock in broader nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington.
North and South Korean troops exchanged fire along their tense border on Sunday, the South’s military said, the first such incident since the rivals took unprecedented steps to lower front-line animosities in late 2018.
The Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that he attended a ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer factory in Suncheon, near the capital of Pyongyang, with other senior officials, including his sister, Kim Yo Jong.
Kim Jong Un’s health appears could be more serious than initially believed, according to multiple reports.