SAN FRANCISCO (NBC News) - An 85-year-old American war veteran detained for more than a month in North Korea arrived in the United States on Saturday, a day after he was unexpectedly released by Pyongyang for “humanitarian” reasons.
"I'm delighted to be home," Merrill Newman said in a brief statement to reporters after arriving in San Francisco on a flight from Beijing shortly after 9 a.m. local time.
"It's been a great homecoming and I'm tired, but ready to be with my family now -- and thank you all for the support we got and I very much appreciate it." Newman, who was accompanied by his wife, Lee, and son Jeff, was asked as he walked away if he would consider going back to North Korea. "Probably not," he replied.
(By Mike Brunker and Noelle Walker)