Coerced or written by him?
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Merrill Newman read a handwritten confession in this video broadcast by North Korea’s KCNA. It ends with him signing and fingerprinting the document.

North Korea said on Saturday it had arrested American veteran Merrill Newman for “hostile acts” against the state and accused him of being “a criminal” involved in the killing of civilians during the Korean War in the 1950s.
North Korea published the following apology letter on Saturday, allegedly written by the veteran. It is not known if the apology was coerced or written by him.

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