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85-Year-Old Korean War Veteran Joins Missionary in North Korea Prison System

A sad irony: Merrill Newman detained by North Korea as Kenneth Bae becomes longest-imprisoned American since Korean War.

An American missionary imprisoned by North Korea allegedly longer than any known American since the Korean War has received a fresh appeal from the United States' government. The reason: North Korea has detained another American—an 85-year-old Korean War veteran.

The New York Times reports that Merrill Newman was on a nine-day tour of the country with a friend and two tour guides, but was detained upon trying to leave last month. The Washington Post rounds up what is known about Newman from many media outlets. On Monday, the State Department issued its strongest travel warning against North Korea in 18 years, noting "the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in North Korea."

Glyn Davies, the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador, is now asking Pyongyang to release both Newman and missionary Kenneth Bae, reports Voice of America. International Christian Concern claims that Bae, imprisoned since November 2012, "recently ...

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