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    State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    (CNN) -- North Korea has confirmed to Swedish diplomats that it is holding an American citizen, the U.S. State Department said Friday.The State Department has declined to confirm the identity of the citizen, citing privacy issues. But the family of 85-year-old Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, California, has said he has been detained in North Korea since October 26.
    Washington does not have diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, and it has been working through Sweden -- the U.S. protecting power in North Korea -- to obtain information about the American.
    "We are working in close coordination with representatives of the Embassy of Sweden to resolve this issue, and they also have requested on a daily basis consular access," State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told reporters.


    Newman, a Korean War veteran and retired financial consultant, was last seen aboard a flight from Pyongyang to Beijing. Just minutes before the plane was to depart, he wasremoved from the flight by North Korean authorities, the family has said.


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    C'mon DPRK. He is an 85 year old man who lives in a retirement community. Hopefully they mistook him for someone else, or hopefully they actually do plan on releasing him. I could also see them just taking him because he served in the Korean War. A rare occurrence in the DPRK and i wish his family the best of luck.


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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    C'mon DPRK. He is an 85 year old man who lives in a retirement community. Hopefully they mistook him for someone else, or hopefully they actually do plan on releasing him. I could also see them just taking him because he served in the Korean War. A rare occurrence in the DPRK and i wish his family the best of luck. [/FONT][/COLOR]
    I do not feel sorry for anyone who willingly goes to North Korea or anywhere near North Korea and gets arrested there. We shouldn't do anything to release him. Yeah he is a old man, but at the same time he knew this was North Korea he was going to.He wasn't blindfolded and taken on a surprise trip. It wasn't like he was going to the UK,Canada,Japan or some other civilized country.
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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I do not feel sorry for anyone who willingly goes to North Korea or anywhere near North Korea and gets arrested there. We shouldn't do anything to release him. Yeah he is a old man, but at the same time he knew this was North Korea he was going to.He wasn't blindfolded and taken on a surprise trip. It wasn't like he was going to the UK,Canada,Japan or some other civilized country.
    This is a rarity for North Korea.


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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    This is a rarity for North Korea.
    Abducting people is not a rarity for North Korea.
    At least 2 American photojournalists, 17 Japanese citizens, and 486 South Korean citizens.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Abducting people is not a rarity for North Korea.
    At least 2 American photojournalists, 17 Japanese citizens, and 486 South Korean citizens.
    On tours and are American. Yes it is a rarity.


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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    On tours and are American. Yes it is a rarity.
    Rarity? This should not happen ever. Stop embarrassing yourself by being an apologist.
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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Hopefully they mistook him for someone else, or hopefully they actually do plan on releasing him. I could also see them just taking him because he served in the Korean War. A rare occurrence in the DPRK and i wish his family the best of luck.
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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    has a justification for his detention been announced?
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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    has a justification for his detention been announced?
    No unfortunately not. I bet the DPRK hasnt even acknowledged they have abducted him.


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    Re: State Department: North Korea confirms detention of American

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
    Rarity? This should not happen ever.
    I agree it never should happen.

    Stop embarrassing yourself by being an apologist.
    How the hell am i being an "apologist"?


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