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War veteran detained by North Korea arrives in US

Laila Kearney

Published 07/12/2013 | 17:42

85 year-old retired U.S. veteran, Merrill E. Newman (L), who was detained for over a month in North Korea, smiles as he arrives at San Francisco International Airport December 7, 2013. Newman was deported after being detained over his role in special forces operations in the Korean War six decades ago. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (United States)
85 year-old retired U.S. veteran, Merrill E. Newman.

An 85-year-old retired American soldier held by North Korea for more than a month arrived in San Francisco yesterday to be reunited with his family.

His United Airlines flight landed shortly after 9 AM local time, a Reuters witness said.

North Korea detained Merrill E. Newman for crimes it said he committed during the Korean War six decades ago. The country's state news agency said he was released on humanitarian grounds and because he had admitted his wrongdoing and apologized.


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