North Korea

American Detained in North Korea Allegedly Confesses to Crimes

85-year-old Merrill Newman's letter of apology is full of grammatical errors


An American veteran of the Korean War who was detained for "hostile acts" against the communist North has released an apology supposedly confessing to his alleged crimes.

Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old from California, was held in October after entering North Korea "under the guise of a tourist", the country's official KCNA news agency said.