TODAY   |  November 30, 2013

Detained North Korea tourist ‘apologizes’

Merrill Newman, 85, an elderly U.S. tourist who has been detained for more than a month in North Korea, has apparently “apologized” for “hostile acts” against the state. NBC’s Eunice Yoon reports.

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>>> 85-year-old u.s. world veteran merrill newman whob healed captain in contrary more than a month that apologized for alleged crimes during the korean war .

>> north korea is retaining merrill newman for war crimes during the korean war during the '50s. video was relieved on state tv showing newman reading his alleged confession. in it, the 85-year-old man from california reportedly apologized for his actions. it was dated november th and said he was guilty of a long list of indelible crimes against north korea . newman was in north korea legally as a tourist on a nine- day trip and held captain tip since october 26th when he was taken off a plane by authorities when he was heading home. other american war vets have visited the country in the past without any problems. now that he has gone through this confession, many believe there could be a possibility of his release but, at this moment, he is still being held prisoner.

>> eunice, thank you.