WorldViews: Why did North Korea arrest an 85-year-old American? Here are four possible reasons

By Max Fisher, November 22, 2013

Nearly four weeks after North Korea arrested an 85-year-old American retiree who was visiting the country as a tourist -- an arrest disclosed only a few days ago -- the world still has no idea why. North Korea has issued no public statements about Merrill Newman, who was sitting on his plane set to depart Pyongyang when a North Korean policeman came on board to remove him. The United States has issued its first-ever blanket warning against all travel to the country but otherwise made no public response.

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