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US Citizen Deported from DPRK after 42 Day Detention

An 85 year old US citizen detained in the DPRK since 26 October 2013 reads a statement in front of a DPRK official (Photo: KCNA).

An 85 year old US citizen detained in the DPRK since 26 October 2013 reads a statement in front of a DPRK official (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK state media reported on 7 December (Saturday) that a US citizen detained in the country since 26 October has been deported from the country.  According to KCNA, the 85 year old Korean War (Fatherland Liberation War) veteran was “entered the DPRK under the guise of a tourist to confirm the whereabouts of the spies and terrorists who had been trained and dispatched by him, an intelligence officer” and “with a wrong understanding of it and perpetrated a hostile act against it.”  On 30 November, DPRK state media released a statement attributed to the man along with photos and film footage of him reviewing his statement with Ministry of State Security officials and making a formal apology.  According to KCNA, DPRK authorities took “into consideration his admittance of the act committed by him on the basis of his wrong understanding, apology made by him for it, his sincere repentance of it and his advanced age and health condition” and “deported him from the country from a humanitarian viewpoint.”

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