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State Dept: NKorea confirms it's holding American
WASHINGTON (AP) -- State Department says North Korea acknowledges it is holding an American citizen but hasn't granted diplomats consular access so the person's identity is not yet confirmed.
Expectation will be that it is Merrill Newman of California. The 85-year old Korean War veteran's family says he was detained at the end of a tourist trip to North Korea last month.
Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SAH'-kee) told reporters on Friday that Sweden has been informed by Pyongyang that it is detaining an American citizen. Because the U.S. has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, Sweden oversees consular issues for the United States there.
Psaki says the Swedish Embassy is daily requesting access to the American.