SEOUL (Reuters) – Talks have begun between the United Nations Command and North Korea on the case of American soldier Travis King who crossed into the North, the deputy commander of the U.S.-led multinational command overseeing the Korean War truce said on Monday.

The talk had been started and was taking place with the North Korean military through a mechanism established under the Korean War armistice, UN Command Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Andrew Harrison said at a briefing.

“The primary concern for us is King’s private well-being,” he said.

King, a US Army soldier serving in South Korea, sped into North Korea on Tuesday while on a civilian tour of the Demilitarized Zone on the two-Korean border.

(Reporting by Hyunsu Yim; Writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Ed Davies)

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