N. Korea releases new video of detained US vet ‘apologizing’ for war crimes

N Korean vetNew images and video recently released by North Korea show the elderly, American war veteran detained and held in the communist country for over a month now admitting to and apologizing for crimes he committed during the Korean War.

In October, Merrill Newman, 85, was pulled off a plane without explanation in Pyongyang where he had been on a private tour of the rogue nation.

Recently, Pyongyang’s notoriously outlandish state-run news agency, Korean Central News Agency, published a story with images of Newman reading from a written apology and admitting to war crimes and recent espionage during his 2013 trip, CNN reported.

According to CNN, the statement published by KCNA of Newman’s alleged confession read, in part:

“After I killed so many civilians and (North Korean) soldiers and destroyed strategic objects in the DPRK during the Korean War, I committed indelible offensive acts against the DPRK government and Korean people.

If I go back to (the) USA, I will tell the true features of the DPRK and the life the Korean people are leading.”

“This [KCNA] story claimed that Newman tried to ‘look for spies and terrorists who conducted espionage and subversive activities against the DPRK,’” the article said.

“Investigators determined that, as a member of the U.S. military, he ‘masterminded espionage and subversive activities … and, in this course, he was involved in the killings of service personnel of the Korean People’s Army and innocent civilians.’”

As the U.S. lacks diplomatic ties with North Korea, U.S. officials have had to work through the Swiss in an attempt to get information and answers as to why Newman’s confession, allegedly signed on Nov. 9, was only recently released.

“We need to have Merrill back at the head of the table for the holidays,” Newman’s wife, Lee, told CNN.

Though he appears in good health, Newman’s family said he has a heart condition and had only enough medicine for the trip. It’s unclear whether or not he’s received additional medication they attempted to send.

Related: Why was US veteran of Korean War pulled off plane, detained in N. Korea?


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Matt Labo

Matt writes from his home in New Jersey. He has been writing fiction and non-fiction for several years, and has a passion for politics and sports.


6 thoughts on “N. Korea releases new video of detained US vet ‘apologizing’ for war crimes

  1. Arden Hale says:

    Why in the world was this man in North Korea?

  2. mcdonnal says:

    This whole scenario sounds very fishy. Where the hell is Dennis Rodman when we need him.

  3. Lorraine Stuart says:

    I cannot figure out why a 85 yr old man was doing in N. Korea in the first place. I am sure he doesn’t mean a thing he is saying and is been told what to say. This is really strange.

  4. Gracie Love says:

    I must agree, why, why, why is he there? Yet that is besides the point, he is being detained for what reason? Where the hell is Obama? The golf course or with beyonce and her idiot? Why isn’t this on the news and why in the hell isn’t someone doing something?

  5. Judy Evans says:

    At age 85, he was on a private tour of North Korea? Reliving the glory days when he was a young soldier? What?

  6. Jenni says:

    There is something strange here. If private tour means he was alone, that was breaking North Korean Law. As North Korea requires you to be in a group tour. Additionally you must be accompanied by 2 state officials and a driver. If he actually read that statement I believe N. Korea could now shoot him as a spy.

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