Biden praises North Korea's release of tourist

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013

"The release is vintage North Korea," said Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS think tank in Hawaii. "They always try to capture the attention away from something that might make the Republic of Korea look good and get the spotlight on them instead. Normally they do this by doing something negative. At least in this instance, it was a positive gesture."

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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