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Detained U.S. veteran deported from DPRK

English.news.cn   2013-12-07 11:37:55            
• The DPRK said on Saturday that it had deported a U.S. Korean War veteran.
• The veteran was accused of hostile acts against the country under the guise of a tourist.
• He had been held in Pyongyang since being took off a plane that was scheduled to leave on Oct. 26.

 

PYONGYANG, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Saturday that it had deported a U.S. Korean War veteran accused of hostile acts against the country under the guise of a tourist.

Since Merrill Edward Newman had admitted to his wrongdoing and apologized, the DPRK deported him from the country from "a humanitarian viewpoint," the official KCNA news agency reported.

Newman, 85, from Palo Alto, northern California, had apologized for alleged crimes during the 1950-53 Korean War and "hostile acts" against the DPRK during a recent trip.

"He masterminded espionage and subversive activities against the DPRK and in this course he was involved in killings of service personnel of the Korean People's Army and innocent civilians," the KCNA said in a report last Saturday.

Newman had been held in Pyongyang since DPRK officials took him off a plane that was scheduled to leave the country on Oct. 26, media reports said.

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The White House on Monday called for the release of U.S. nationals held in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), including an octogenarian detained of late.

"We're deeply concerned about the welfare of the U.S. citizens held in custody in the DPRK," spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a regular press briefing. Full story

DPRK confirms detention of U.S. veteran

PYONGYANG, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Saturday that it had arrested a U.S. Korean War veteran for committing hostile acts against the country under the guise of a tourist.

Pyongyang accused Merrill Edward Newman of being "a criminal" who was involved in the killing of civilians during the 1950-53 Korean War. Full story

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