The 85-year-old U.S. veteran who was detained for weeks by North Korea said Monday that the videotaped confession in which he apologized for killing North Koreans during the war was given involuntarily and under duress.
A day after arriving home, the 85-year-old Palo Alto veteran detained for weeks by North Korea said Sunday that he was well-fed and kept comfortable in a hotel room.
Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran landed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning. His long-awaited return comes after a 42-day detainment in North Korea.
North Korea freed Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old veteran of the Korean War from Palo Alto, after a weekslong detention.
Six decades before he went to North Korea, Merrill Newman supervised a group of South Korean guerrillas during the Korean War who were perhaps the most hated and feared fighters in the North, former members of the group say.
The U.S. is urging North Korea to release a retired Palo Alto finance executive who has been detained for more than a month.
Merrill Newman’s family in California released a statement Monday saying they remain concerned for his wellbeing. The Newmans asked North Korean authorities to quickly confirm that he has received his medication.
State Department says North Korea acknowledges it is holding an American citizen but hasn’t granted diplomats consular access so the person’s identity is not yet confirmed.
Despite strong warnings from the U.S. State Department, hundreds of Americans like the 85-year-old Korean War veteran apparently being detained in North Korea travel to the communist nation each year.
A Palo Alto grandfather has reportedly been held in North Korea for more than three weeks after being pulled off a flight departing the country.