North Korea says it has deported US veteran Merrill Newman

North Korea says it has deported US veteran Merrill Newman

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 apologised.

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.

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