North Korea Says It Has Deported U.S. Veteran Merrill Newman

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Reuters
North Korea said on Saturday it has deported Merrill E. Newman, an 85-year old American it has been holding on charges of "hostile acts" against the state, on humanitarian grounds because he has admitted to his wrongdoing and apologized.

Merrill Edward Newman poses for group photo with former Kuwol Guerrilla Unit members at a port in Incheon, west of Seoul

North Korea said on Saturday it has deported Merrill E. Newman, an 85-year old American it has been holding on charges of "hostile acts" against the state, on humanitarian grounds because he has admitted to his wrongdoing and apologized.

The deportation was announced by the North's KCNA news agency.

Newman, who has a soldier during the 1950-53 Korean War and worked with guerrillas fighting against the socialist North, has been held by the Pyongyang regime since late October. He was visiting North Korea as a tourist.