November 27, 2022

How a US veteran became a POW in North Korea 60 years after the Korean War

Merrill Newman’s ill-fated trip to the DPRK would reveal the ways in which for Pyongyang, the conflict never ended

North Korea is no stranger to using foreigners for “hostage diplomacy.” While thousands of visitors once traveled to and from the DPRK every year, a handful has been unlucky enough to find themselves held by authorities, ostensibly for no fault of their own. 

The Kim regime has detained everyone from Christian missionaries to university students. The death of Otto Warmbier ended up being the last straw that convinced the U.S. government to ban travel to the DPRK entirely in 2017.