Speaking at the War Memorial of Korea on the last day of a long-planned trip to Seoul, Biden said he'd offered Newman a ride home on Air Force Two but that the American declined because there was a commercial flight leaving Beijing for San Francisco within a few hours.
Biden told the released American that the U.S. must also work to secure the release of Kenneth Bae, another U.S. citizen in Pyongyang's custody, Biden's office said. The vice president also told Newman that all of America was waiting to welcome him.
"It's a positive thing they've done, but they still have Mr. Bae, who has no reason being held in the North, should be released immediately," Biden told reporters in Seoul.
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