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N.Korea confirms it's holding American

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:01 p.m. HST, Nov 22, 2013

WASHINGTON » The State Department said today that North Korea acknowledges it is holding an American citizen but hasn't granted diplomats consular access so the person's identity is not yet confirmed.

Expectation is that it will be Merrill Newman of California. The 85-year old Korean War veteran's family says he was detained at the end of a tourist trip to North Korea last month.

Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that Sweden has been informed by Pyongyang that it is detaining an American citizen. Because the U.S. has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, Sweden oversees consular issues for the United States there.

Psaki says the Swedish Embassy is requesting access daily to the American.

"We are working in close coordination with representatives of the embassy of Sweden to resolve this issue. They have requested, actually on a daily basis, consular access," Psaki said. "They haven't been granted that access."

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Anonymous wrote:
Send in Tow Brower with a sledgehammer to bust him out.
on November 22,2013 | 11:40AM
FinzyKontini wrote:
Who is Tow Brower? Is that what the extra hour is for?
on November 22,2013 | 03:18PM
samidunn wrote:
Hard to feel sorry for this guy.
on November 22,2013 | 12:32PM
FinzyKontini wrote:
I don't get it.
on November 22,2013 | 03:15PM
Rickyboy wrote:
He should praise the idiot dictator like Rodman did and be on his way out.
on November 22,2013 | 12:36PM
XlllX wrote:
Scary North side
on November 22,2013 | 01:03PM
Tipops wrote:
I guess it was a little known secret that the N. Korean president is NUTS! Not to mention fiercely anti-american. On the news I saw that he also went around telling people that he fought against the N. Koreans during the Korean War. He thought, no doubt, that this information would endear him to the N. Koreans. Sounds like a really bright guy. Ditto what samidunn wrote.
on November 22,2013 | 01:24PM
FinzyKontini wrote:
I don't get it.
on November 22,2013 | 03:17PM
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