Veteran Merrill Newman has been detained in North Korea for more than a month and now a video has surfaced of him reading a hand-written note admitting to being guilty of crimes during the Korean War.
Mail Online reports that the 85-year-old from California looks uneasy in the video, and with shaking hands apologizes for what he supposedly did 60 years ago.
“I realize that I cannot be forgiven for my offensives but I beg for pardon on my knees by apologizing for my offensives sincerely toward the DPRK government and the Korean people and I want not punish me,” Newman reportedly reads.
It was reported earlier this week that Newman was on his way back to the United States after a nine-day vacation to North Korea with a tour group when an officer took him off the plane he was to travel back on. His family hadn’t heard from him since.
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The letter read by Newman was released by Buzzfeed and part of it also reads:
“As I killed so many civilians and KPA soldiers and destroyed strategic objects in the DPRK during the Korean War, I committed indelible offensive acts against the DPRK government and Korean people.”
It is obviously not known if the apology was coerced or written by him.
Voice of America reports that North Korea confirmed that it detained an American tourist a month ago, and says he has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for "hostile acts" against the state during a recent trip.
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The former U.S. Marine is seen bowing to the camera after he finished reading the letter and then he reportedly signs and fingerprints the document.