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US veteran: Confession was under duress

10 December 2013, 09:35

Los Angeles - An elderly US veteran released from detention in North Korea said on Monday that his videotaped "confession" was given under duress, adding that he believed he may have been held in a misunderstanding over his interest in the Korean War.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I could not have done the things they had me 'confess' to," Merrill Newman, aged 85, said in a written statement released to the media.

The Korean War veteran added that during the tourist trip that led to his detention, he had expressed interest in visiting some of those "who fought in the war" in the Mount Kuwol area. Were "the North Koreans seem to have misinterpreted my curiosity as something more sinister," he said.

- Reuters


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