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US calls for release of 85-yr-old Korean War veteran

12-01-2013 08:13 BJT

The US is calling on the DPRK to release an 85-year-old American citizen who’s been detained in the country for more than a month. 

Retired finance executive Merrill Newman fought in the Korean War 60 years ago. He was taken off a plane on October 26th by DPRK authorities as he was about to leave the country, following a 10-day visit. A US National Security Council spokesperson called for Newman’s immediate release and for him to be reunited with his family, citing his age and health. A US state department official says Swedish diplomats in Pyongyang have visited Newman.

There are reports that the Korean War veteran apologized for his wartime activities during his visit in the DPRK.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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