North Korea deports elderly US tourist who advised South Korean guerrillas during war

  • Article by: FOSTER KLUG , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 7:22 AM

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Saturday deported an elderly U.S. tourist, apparently ending the saga of Merrill Newman's return to the North six decades after he advised South Korean guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang.

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zeldacDec. 6, 13 9:23 PM

When you go to a country with different values you are taking your life in your hands. This guy took too many chances with a country that has no value system.

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anarad2Dec. 6, 1310:25 PM

"U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, offering him a ride home on Air Force Two. Biden said Newman declined because of a direct flight to his home state of California later Saturday" It took 6 weeks for him to get released, and all the administration would do is offer a flight on AF2? What a joke....

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sternitzkyDec. 6, 1310:45 PM

Very glad he is on his way home. But how did he think North Korea was a good place to be a tourist?

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rlitfinDec. 6, 1311:02 PM

The United States did not tell him to go to Korea Anarad2. Why should our taxes pay for his trip?

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DufferHDec. 6, 1311:35 PM

He is very fortunate. I hope next time he feels wanderlust, he shows more common sense. What were he and his family thinking?

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Jakein08Dec. 7, 13 6:58 AM

I am happy he got released and am always amazed at these type of stories. Do not go to countries like North Korea, do not go hiking in the mountains on the Iranian border, etc. I appreciate this man's wanting to visit a place where he fought for America, I think it was a foolish risk though. I hope others learn from this.

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862WapoDec. 7, 13 8:03 AM

Why would anyone with any brains go to North Korea, Iran, Syria, Egypt, etc.?!! First you have to be nuts to do that, but also he seemed to have been looking for trouble.

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markapDec. 7, 13 8:47 AM

Not only did he not belong in North Korea, but he tweaked their nose one too many times.

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gailycDec. 7, 13 3:46 PM

Oh happy day! Personally, I'm not too sure why he went there in the first place. If it were me, that's the last place I would ever show up at. Meeting with his fellow soldiers in South Korea but North? The dictator is too much of a powder keg ~ wouldn't push my luck.

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