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Dec 7, 2013 12:59 PM by Associated Press, Posted By: Annie Snead

US tourist and Korean War vet arrives home

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - An 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War who was detained for several weeks in North Korea has arrived home in California.

Merrill Newman landed in San Francisco on Saturday morning on a flight from Beijing.

Newman was detained in late October at the end of a 10-day trip to North Korea, a visit that came six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas during the 1950-53 war.

Last month, Newman read from an awkwardly worded alleged confession that apologized for, among other things, killing North Koreans during the war. Analysts questioned whether the statement was coerced, and former South Korean guerrillas who had worked with Newman and fought behind enemy lines during the war disputed some of the details.

North Korea cited Newman's age and medical condition in allowing him to leave the country.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

 

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