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(CNN) — The U.S. government is “deeply concerned” about two American citizens detained in North Korea, including 85-year-old Merrill Newman, a National Security Council spokeswoman said.

“Given Mr. Newman’s advanced age and health conditions, we urge (North Korea) to release Mr. Newman so he may return home and reunite with his family,” said Caitlin Hayden, the NSC spokeswoman.

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