November 30th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
8 months ago

U.S. 'deeply concerned' about citizens held in North Korea, including Newman

(CNN) - The U.S. government is "deeply concerned" about two American citizens detained in North Korea, including 85-year-old Merrill Newman, a National Security Council spokeswoman said.

"Given Mr. Newman's advanced age and health conditions, we urge (North Korea) to release Mr. Newman so he may return home and reunite with his family," said Caitlin Hayden, the NSC spokeswoman.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Why did he go to North Korea? He deserves this. Stay out of this GOP thugs nag.

    November 30, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    This is a very concerning situation, and I pray that Merrill Newman and Kenneth Bae are released soon. I will say,
    however, why would anyone want to visit North Korea?

    This includes Dennis Rodman and his planned basketball exhibition tour. He claims to have several former
    NBA players going with him to visit his "friend" Kim Jung Un. Good luck guys, but I would think twice before
    putting my trust in North Korea.

    Rodman's little jaunts over there are a lot more disturbing than Beyonce going to Cuba, but we don't hear
    any complaints about it like we did with her.

    So, I will pray for their release, and Dennis....watch your back. Your arrogance just might be your
    undoing.

    November 30, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Cavey

    It's about time the little Goblin looking Mongrel from North Korea got the azz-kicking his father should have got. Why do we take crap from these kinds of stupid subhuman 3rd world trash. We could fly a drone the size of a bird into his house and blow his brains out with a small caliber round right now. We need to put a little fear into these goons like IL and Putin. Let them know there's a price for this nonsense. Don't waste time with diplomacy on a chimp. Blow him to kingdom come and I bet you, we get some respect around here.

    November 30, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Anyone foolish enough to go there, deserves little sympathy.

    November 30, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    @cavey, FYI, America has already become another third world. With GOP thugs loot, cheat. Go to NC, it is worst than third world trash with Pat McRory, idiot. Just know the truth, don't degrade third world–they are getting better while USA is behind with rethuglican rants for every damn dirty thing.

    November 30, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Retired Boomer

    It looks as if N. Korea needs another food shipment or some attention again. This is usually the case when N. Korea is in the limelight.

    November 30, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Keep up the sanctions until the poor people of North Korea rise up and hang Kim from a lamp post like Mussolini!

    November 30, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. rs

    I'd be concerned to…. but he took himself to a nation we don't have formal diplomatic relations with. As usual, the GOP would prefer war as a fix.

    November 30, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein

    There should be a clear notice as to why North Korea is holding non-citizens. If there is a crime that they committed, then bring forth the proof. Countries like North Korea who have little in the way of rule of law should be able to demonstrate why they are being held.

    In regards to actions of people going there, you really have to wonder why they would go to North Korea. There is no reason to do that.

    November 30, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. Wes

    Cavey

    It's about time the little Goblin looking Mongrel from North Korea got the azz-kicking his father should have got. Why do we take crap from these kinds of stupid subhuman 3rd world trash. We could fly a drone the size of a bird into his house and blow his brains out with a small caliber round right now. We need to put a little fear into these goons like IL and Putin. Let them know there's a price for this nonsense. Don't waste time with diplomacy on a chimp. Blow him to kingdom come and I bet you, we get some respect around here.
    -----------------------------------------------–
    You first need to understand that uhbama blames America for this, so he will just go over and apologize and beg forgiveness.

    December 1, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  11. Thomas

    Its time for Dennis Rodman to save the day .

    007

    December 1, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  12. charlie

    N.K is the worlds most dangerous place even for a missionary.why visit?

    December 1, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. don in albuquerque

    Why would anyone in their right mind go to the hottest spot in the world for American hatred. I think we should try to get him back and then bill he and his family for all costs incurred.

    December 1, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Doris

    Why would anyone want to go visit North Korea?
    Hasn't there been more than enough warning, to stay away from North Korea?

    December 1, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Jimbo

    I visited North Korea with no problems. All travellers should have the good sense to keep their heads down. The regime is well known for how it handles those who speak out.

    December 1, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. keith

    why this fellow went there is really baffling. He should have known better, especially with his military history.

    Some comments about NC and the GOP are equally baffling. Been in nC for 6 years, not a bad place at all.
    GOP?
    Well I went down the line recently in a letter to obama about my health care being cancelled and gave a running chronology of the presidents back to kennedy. how we got where we are.
    Honestly there is blame to go around. From Johnston, Regan, Nixon, Clinton, Bush A/B to Obama.
    Stupidity does not discriminate.
    Johnston gave us the welfare state and the society of I'm entitled and owed, and regain gave us the "we're going from a manufacturing to service economy"
    I was there, saw it all.
    God help us all. These guys all live large while the little guy gets screwed and screwed again.

    December 1, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Ron

    It's quite evident that this old veteran is not in his right mind. That being said, you have to realize that when he was a young man and his country asked him to go over their and fight for the American idea of freedom he went.No question's asked. Now that he need's his country where is it?It kind of makes you wonder about all the young men and women who have fought and shed blood in all the war's since then.You go because your country say's they need you to but when they are done with you they really are done with you. I can remember a time when no one would have done what NK is doing for fear of swift reprisal but with our lying puppet for the big money president other country's think they can push us around.How I long for the past,when America was run by real president's.Signed, a decorated Vietnam veteran.

    December 1, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Thomas

    This only shows the lack of North Koreas intelligence , the fearless leader is loosing control going into a harsh winter .

    The Chines dislike Kim Jong , want him to go far far away .

    December 1, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    Wes

    You first need to understand that uhbama blames America for this, so he will just go over and apologize and beg forgiveness.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Actually, the United States has no diplomatic dialog with NK and hasn't for decades. Sweden acts as our intermediary in diplomatic matters. That being said, I'm not sure which is more pathetic: the fact you didn't know that, or your desparate attempt to make the case of private citizens entering NK – AGAINST DECADES-OLD STATE DEPARTMENT WARNINGS BTW – about President Obama.

    December 1, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |