North Korea releases detained elderly American Korean War veteran
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea said on Saturday it has deported an American veteran of the Korean War who had been detained in the country since October for what Pyongyang described as "hostile acts" against the communist country.
Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old from California, was deported "from a humanitarian viewpoint", the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing his "sincere repentance" as well as his age and health condition.
Newman, who has a heart condition, was plucked off a plane last month as he was leaving Pyongyang following a tourist visit.
His family said he was detained on October 26 shortly before take-off from the North Korean capital.