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The White House is urging North Korea to free an 85-year-old American tourist who’s been detained for more than a month.
Due to Merrill Newman’s “advanced age and health conditions … we urge the DPRK to release Mr. Newman so he may return home and reunite with his family,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, according to the Associated Press.
Earlier on Saturday, North Korea released a video of the retired technology executive and Korean War veteran, apologizing for killing civilians and committing “hostile acts” during the war 60 years ago.
“If I go back to U.S.A., I will tell the true features of the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] DPRK and the life the Korean people are leading,” the written apology, dated Nov. 9, read.