Agence France-PresseNovember 23, 2013 01:18
The wife of a US retiree detained in North Korea appealed Friday for Pyongyang to release her husband, as US authorities said they have so far been refused access to him.
Merrill Newman, 85, was taken off a plane as he was about to leave the reclusive state nearly a month ago.
His wife, Lee, called the detention "a misunderstanding" and demanded his return to an "anxious, concerned family."
She said her husband of 56 years, a Korean war veteran, was finishing a 10-day tour of North Korea on October 26, "a trip he had looked forward to making for a long while."