February 25, 2024

Reflections on detention: An interview with Merrill Newman

Over three years on from his imprisonment in North Korea's Yanggakdo Hotel, Newman speaks to NK News

On October 26, 2013 - Merrill Newman - a former U.S. soldier who served in the Korean War was arrested by North Korean authorities as he attempted to leave the country at the end of a week-long tourist trip.

After a period of two months and extensive efforts by the U.S. Department of State, his family and former U.S. officials, Newman - who was 85 at the time - was released by North Korean authorities in a “humanitarian” gesture on December 7.