State Dept. bans American travel to North Korea

RT – July 21, 2017

The Trump administration will ban US citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to the State Department. It follows the death of American student Otto Warmbier after months in a North Korean prison.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson authorized the implementation of a “geographical travel restriction” for North Korea, which would make it illegal to use a US passport to enter the country, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Two of the biggest travel agencies that bring Western tourists to North Korea were already contacted by the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles US diplomatic affairs in North Korea, and told that the ban would take effect in late August, according to the Wall Street Journal.

One of the tour operators, Young Pioneer Tours, said it was told that violating the ban would lead to the US government invalidating the traveler’s passport, the Journal reported.