Thursday 24 August 2017

War veteran detained by North Korea arrives in US

85 year-old retired U.S. veteran, Merrill E. Newman.
85 year-old retired U.S. veteran, Merrill E. Newman.

Laila Kearney

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.

Reuters

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