US veteran held in North Korea says video confession was coerced with threat of long jail term

  • Article by: LISA LEFF , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 5:45 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — The 85-year-old U.S. Korean War veteran who was detained for weeks by North Korea said Monday that the videotaped confession in which he apologized for killing North Koreans during the war was given involuntarily and under duress.

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notsidDec. 9, 13 4:11 PM

Couple of things: of course, it was coerced along the lines of do you want to get back to the US? If so, sign and say this statement. If not, you will stay here for a long time. Pretty straightforward, I presume. Second thing is why in the living hell did he go to North Korea in the first place given his military history with the place?

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gargoyle999Dec. 9, 13 7:04 PM

Glad he is home. But any US citizen who vacations in North Korea, Iran, etc. is asking for trouble. I'll be going to the Caribbean in Feb instead.

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plummpjDec. 9, 13 9:50 PM

You could call him naive for going there, but I doubt if the story is that simple. He must be an extraordinary individual in that he led a group of clandestine fighters-- how many of us can claim anything remotely similar?

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