State Department Bans Travel to North Korea…

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has announced a revised set of travel restrictions for U.S. citizens considering travel to the DPRK.

Once in full effect there will be a travel ban in place restricting all travel using U.S. passports.  U.S. humanitarian groups and entities requesting travel to the DPRK will need to request a specific passport from the State Department.

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday said it will bar Americans from traveling to North Korea due to the risk of “long-term detention” in the country, where a U.S. student was jailed while on a tour last year and later died.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has authorized a “Geographical Travel Restriction” on Americans to forbid them from entering North Korea, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

“Once in effect, U.S. passports will be invalid for travel to, through and in North Korea, and individuals will be required to obtain a passport with a special validation in order to travel to or within North Korea,” Nauert said.

The move was due to “mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement,” she said. (read more)


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55 Responses to State Department Bans Travel to North Korea…

  1. shannynae says:

    We needed the Government to tell us that North Korea is not the ideal tourist attraction? Who knew? Pfft..

    Liked by 13 people

  2. 4sure says:

    Can we get some goofy fed. judge to overrule the ban. I can think of a lot of people that need to travel to NK.

    Liked by 9 people

  3. Bouchart says:

    Now I need all new vacation plans!

    Liked by 6 people

  4. Minnie says:

    Too late for Otto 😦

    That photo gets me, every time.

    “Chilling” isn’t strong enough a word.

    Liked by 10 people

    • jello333 says:

      What bothers me most about what happened to Otto is that he could NEVER have expected such a harsh punishment. Oh I’m sure he knew that if he got caught, he’d be in trouble… and maybe do some jail time and have to public grovel for forgiveness. Even the crazy North Koreans wouldn’t do much more than that, for such a relatively minor offense… would they?

      I’m still amazed by the whole thing. I know a little about the NK regime, and I know they’re scumbags, and I don’t think I’m particularly naive. Still though, the harshness of that “sentence” is still something I can’t get my head around. Even if Otto had NOT died, and had he just done his time and eventually been released… it’s beyond belief.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Donna in Oregon says:

        It’s the same rule in politics. Obama said it, “if they bring a knife, we bring a gun”.

        That’s why there were so many dead Christians in the Middle East. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Self-preservation. Common sense. Red line. Action.

        I think we need to smarten up about Loons in this world. They are serious. It’s not a game.

        Liked by 11 people

      • Sloth1963 says:

        Play stupid games. Win stupid prizes. Norks aren’t the only ones. Try screwing up in Singapore or Malaysia.


    • MaineCoon says:

      That photo gets me too. They have to live there, assuming they are still alive.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. jello333 says:

    Ordinarily, I’d be opposed to something like this, since I think consenting adults should be allowed to make up their own minds which place is “dangerous” and which isn’t. But in this case, I think I’ll have to agree with the ban… mainly because Little Boy Dear Leader is such a bizarre UNPREDICTABLE guy. In fact, I think this is also a good move where Dennis Rodman is concerned. I’m sure I’m in the minority here, in that I’ve always liked Dennis, and so I’ve always been expecting to turn on the news and find out that Dear Leader has gonna (more) paranoid and arrested him for… whatever.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. filia.aurea says:

    Hopefully, this will keep a.k.a. Obama’s judges busy banning the ban. For those that might travel there anyway, don’t let the door hit you in the pass…Khyber that is.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. gfgustav says:

    One is tempted to wonder if this isn’t a prelude to something bigger with regard to the DPRK. If you fail to get out of harm’s way, you can’t claim you weren’t warned…

    Liked by 7 people

    • A2 says:

      Multiple reports, including the US military indicate that DPRK is going to launch another missile, probably sub based.

      Meanwhile Russia has taken the lead (supported by China) to blocking any new sanctions by the UN, arguing that the last missile launch was not a long range ICBM, nor have any more nuclear tests been conducted. Stalling for time. Same old.

      Liked by 2 people

  8. Grandma Covfefe says:

    I hope the State Dept have some form of wavier for travelers to NK, and make them sign it as an understanding that if they do get arrested, the USA gov’t will NOT be responsible for getting them out at all-no exceptions. And make their parent/spouse/sibling sign it too. That way, the Norks can’t use it as a leverage.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. wheatietoo says:

    People tend to think “If the govt lets me go there, then it must be safe.”

    This is long overdue.
    There is nothing ‘safe’ about going to NK.

    The Norks take US citizens hostage. Period.
    They make up bogus charges in order to ‘arrest’ our people.
    But they are taking them hostage…pure and simple.

    Liked by 8 people

  10. MaineCoon says:

    Flying under a U.S. passport is dangerous in many countries. Many should see the USA First!

    Liked by 5 people

  11. The US government banning Americans from travel anywhere is anti-freedom. There is much more to this than meets the eye.

    Liked by 1 person

    • sundance says:

      Trump admin is trying to limit the possibility of hostages. It’s obvious.

      I’m more convinced than ever the U.S.S. Fitzgerald was the result of close quarter training preparing for a naval embargo.

      Liked by 9 people

      • alligatriot says:

        The Chinese seemed flummoxed the other day when Secy Mnuchin and Secy Ross didn’t play nice with them like past administrations. We’re putting the squeeze on all of N. K.’s economic assets and countries who trade with them. China may not have yet fully understood that THIS president does not bluff.

        “Another cruise missile with that chocolate cake?”

        Liked by 7 people

      • A2 says:

        I believe you may be right about the potential naval embargo.

        In some of the released comments in the PRC the gov think tankers believe they have up to 6 months (make that 5 now) to make any moves on DPRK. That puts them past the 19th Party Congress and cementing Pres Xi as supreme leader. He has already been knocking out his opposition in the Party and stacking the Politburo with his mates and tightening censorship. Hence the delays, ‘impasses’, whether at the UN or with US/China trade negotiations. He is very vulnerable now, therefore more dangerous.

        Liked by 1 person

  12. Brian L says:

    If you want an honest take on North Korea, read Dear Reader, by Michael Malice, it’s chilling what they’ve done to that population.


    • sunnydaze says:

      When Korea gets unified again (and I believe it will someday), it’s going to be so hard for those North Koreans to shake off what they have been thru.

      I really, really feel bad for those people.

      I know people who took in a refugee family from a country that had gone thru famines. Every time they went grocery shopping for the first few weeks, much of the food would mysteriously disappear. Turns out the little girl, about 10 y.o., was stashing it under her bed and in odd places in her bedroom, hiding it, guarding against future lack. It took a while to convince her that they would not be starving in the US. So sad.

      Add bizarre mind control, etc. with the N. Koreans. Terrible.

      Liked by 2 people

    • piper567 says:

      and now we read there’s a horrible drought in N Korea…You can bet it won’t effect Lil Kim.
      Americans should be in prayer for these souls. Dying from starvation due to the evil nature of one’s Government is despicable.


  13. Sharon says:

    “Once in full effect there will be a travel ban in place restricting all travel using U.S. passports. U.S. humanitarian groups and entities requesting travel to the DPRK will need to request a specific passport from the State Department.”

    In other words, it’s not a travel ban. If people can still go there, it is not a ban.

    Oh, well – we lost the language a long time ago even though the consequences will play out forever – and eventually we will get where we’re headed.

    Liked by 2 people

    • My first reaction: “U.S. humanitarian groups????” WTH? These are Christian Koreans visiting family and probably bringing CARE packages with them, mainly food and Bibles. Both a major sin in DPRK world.

      This “ban” is actually another financial move. People traveling to NoKo bring money as well as hostage leverage possibilities.

      Dear Leader is neither crazy nor paranoid. He is rationally doing the best he can to stay in power. And using tactics that have worked in the past. That may be his big mistake.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. A2 says:

    If an American is stupid enough to want to go the DPRK they will do so the same way Americans went to Cuba.


  15. Our dollars should not be spent in a country with a regime like DPRK who absolutely brutalizes their people. It’s not Disneyland. There is NO reason to go there.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. KBR says:

    Can the ban state that if you go with the ban in place, and are taken hostage, USA will not attempt to save you and will not bargain for you?

    Liked by 1 person

  17. scully7 says:

    there are actually tour companies who organize tours to North Korea, this was on our news


  18. SafeSpace says:

    Let us consider for a moment what sort of American would want to travel to NorkLand. Some Christian missionaries, to be sure …. but mostly “adventure tourists” and “intellectuals”, who IMHO are mostly wealthy leftists with more money than common sense, going there simply to virtue-signal their pen-mindedness, and then return to brag on the wonderful happy people their Nork tourguides showed them.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. jeans2nd says:

    Missed this one, my fault.
    India has fully implemented the U.N. sanctions on DPRK which, in light of India’s recent history, is a big deal.
    “The Center for Space Science and Technology in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) located in Dehradun, India was one of the few institutes in the world that provided technical training for North Korean students after the UN issued its first set of sanctions against North Korea’s nuclear program in 2006.”

    “Before the UN discovered the CSSTEAP’s sanctions violations in 2016, the institute provided at least 30 North Korean scientists with training courses that could greatly assist the development of Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. UN officials were especially alarmed by courses offering satellite communications training and instructions for launch vehicle testing to North Koreans.”

    The entire article is revealing. It affirms that the recent POTUS-Modi mtg had more effects than one realizes. It is truly wunnderful being underestimated as a stoopid unruly child. These travel restrictions appear to be another brick in the wall.

    The USS Fitz theory appears to be solid, never considered that, thank you. Never believed that ship’s cap’n was that incompetent.


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