SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle-area family of an American citizen detained in North Korea for more than a year is cheering Pyongyang's decision to release 85-year-old tourist Merrill Newman and wondering when their loved one will come home.
The family of Kenneth Bae issued a statement saying they had been praying for Newman's freedom. Newman is a veteran who had advised a guerrilla group during the Korean War. He had been detained since late October and arrived home in California on Saturday.
Bae, a 45-year-old Christian missionary, was arrested in November 2012 while leading a group of tourists. The government accused him of subversive acts and sentenced him to 15 years hard labor. He was transferred to a hospital due to health concerns.
The State Department and Vice President Joe Biden have called for his release. His family said they hope to see him home for the holidays.