U.S to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea

Once simply warned against visiting the East Asian country, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the American government will soon enforce a travel ban, making it illegal for US citizens to travel there.

Plans for the new restriction were confirmed on Friday, 21 July. This is after travel company Young Pioneer Tours in Xi’an, China, made the announcement.

The company was responsible for organising late American student Otto Warmbier’s trip to North Korea, where he was detained for almost 18 months after being convicted for stealing a poster at a hotel as seen in CCTV footage.

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The importance of safety along with the increased risks of arrest and imprisonment of travellers in North Korea have been cited as reasons for the strict regulation which prohibits US citizens from using their passport to travel to or through the country.

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The travel ban adds to the existing sanctions placed on North Korea by America and other member states of the United Nations such as South Korea, Japan, the European Union and international organisations. These sanctions, enacted by President Barack Obama, include placing restrictions on any entity that aided North Korea in human rights abuses.

United Nations such as South Korea, Japan, the European Union and international organisations. These sanctions, enacted by President Barack Obama, include placing restrictions on any entity that aided North Korea in human rights abuses.

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