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U.S. to Ban Travel to North Korea

Sources told The Associated Press this week that the Trump administration will announce a ban on American citizens traveling to North Korea after the recent death of a U.S. student who was detained there.

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President Trump and his administration will ban U.S. travel to North Korea, sources told The Associated Press (AP) this week.

The move will take place 30 days after the State Department publishes it in the Federal Register, the AP reported, though there is no set date for that posting as of now.

WARMBIER

The move comes only a month after the tragic death of 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier. Warmbier, the AP reminds readers, was sentenced to “15 years of hard labor” after allegedly “stealing a propaganda poster while on a tour of the country.”

In this case, the administration had been considering the step since Warmbier died after being medically evacuated in a coma from North Korea last month. Warmbier suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause while in custody. Relatives said they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea in March 2016.

The Trump administration succeeded where the Obama administration had not in bringing Warmbier home in June, but the student was delivered to the U.S. in a coma and died shortly after.

TENSIONS

An estimated 800 to 1,000 Americans visit North Korea each year, according to estimates from The New York Times and Koryo Tours, “a travel company in Beijing.”

The travel ban comes as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea rise to new heights. Earlier this month, North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time. The test provoked international condemnation.