Freed US Vet Arrives Home From North Korea
Merrill Newman joins wife, son in San Francisco
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 7, 2013 4:19 PM CST
Merrill Newman, center, walks beside his wife Lee after arriving at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(Newser) – A tired but smiling 85-year-old US veteran detained in North Korea for several weeks returned home today to applause from supporters, yellow ribbons tied to pillars outside his home, and the warm embrace of his family. Merrill Newman arrived at the San Francisco airport after turning down a ride with Joe Biden. He emerged into the international terminal smiling, accompanied by his son and holding the hand of his wife amid applause from supporters. "I'm delighted to be home," he said. "It's been a great homecoming. I'm tired, but ready to be with my family."

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fractal
Dec 8, 2013 1:56 PM CST
Imagine that the U.S. had arrested a past "guerrilla fighter" from North Korea, who had attacked Americans on their own soil. Where do you think he would be right now?
$482213
Dec 8, 2013 10:47 AM CST
I say to the gentleman welcome home and it was wrong to go to North Korea for a visit. That is my opinion.
Winston_Smith
Dec 8, 2013 10:01 AM CST
I guessed last week that he would be released soon, that Kim Jong Un had conjured this up as a phony crisis to distract attention from his purging of his uncle. Pretty much everything that happens there currently seems to be driven by Kim's efforts to consolidate his power.