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US citizen arrested in DPRK - KCNA

November 30, 2013, 9:45 UTC+3 PYONGYANG
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PYONGYANG, November 30, (ITAR-TASS). North Korea announced on Saturday arrest of a U.S. citizen Merrill Edward Newman.

The KCNA news agency reports, he was arrested in October after arrived in the country with a group of tourists, which "committed hostile acts against the People's Republic."

In addition, the agency says, Newman during the Korean War of 1950-1953, which is known in North Korea as the Fatherland Liberation War, was in a special union of the US intelligence service in the Far East. The DPRK considers him a criminal, who at the time “managed the spy network in Korea, and was involved in the murder of the Korean People's Army soldiers and civilians.”

Newman “admitted his guilt and apologized for the crimes,” the news agency reports.

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