American Citizens ordered to leave North Korea...All United States passports are declared invalid for travel to...

AMERICAN citizens have been ordered to leave North Korea by September 1 at the latest as a ban prohibiting them from traveling to the country comes to fruition.

An exemption was noted for approved humanitarian travel and for journalists in some circumstances.

The ban is to remain in effect for one year unless it is revoked sooner by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The travel ban was first announced last month in the wake of the death of American student Otto Warmbier.

Warmbier, 22, died in June after being held for more than a year on charges of stealing a propaganda poster from a North Korean hotel.

A statement reads: “The Department of State has determined that the serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention represents an imminent danger to the physical safety of United States nationals traveling to and within the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).”

“All United States passports are declared invalid for travel to, in, or through the DPRK unless specially validated for such travel,” it added.

After Warnbier's death, President Trump said he was determined to “prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency.”

from daily star

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