United States to Ban any Travel to North Korea Effective from September, Says American Passport Holders Should Leave Before the Ban
The United States passport holders will be banned from travelling to North Korea from September 1, 2017 as U.S. has imposed a ban on Americans travelling to North Korea. It is suggested that American citizen in the country should make a move before the said date, said the State Department of the United States on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. The department issued a notice in the federal register declaring that U.S passports will be invalid for travelling through, in, or to North Korea. The restriction applies for one year until it is revoked or extended by the state’s secretary. Humanitarian workers and journalists will be allowed to apply for exceptional cases on the ban, said the department in a public notice.
Government of the United States said last month that it would bar all American citizen from visiting North Korea due to the risk of “long-standing detention” in the country. The ban is imposed due to massive tension between North Korea and the United States, as North Korea is in process of developing a nuclear-tipped missile that is capable of hitting the United States. North Korea will be the only country where Americans will not be allowed to travel.
Otto Warmbier, a student from America was sentenced to fifteen years of tough labor in North Korea last year. The student came back to the United States on June 13, as he was released from North Korea on humanitarian grounds. He was in coma when he arrived at the United States and died on June 19, within a week of his arrival. The circumstances causing his death are still unclear, including the reason he fell into a coma.
On the other hand, North Korea said via its state media that Otto’s death is a mystery. The country also dismissed all the accusations claiming that he died because of the beating and torture he faced during his captivity in North Korea.
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