Trump administration extends travel ban to North Korea until August 31: US State Department

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Washington DC, August 20: The United States President Donald Trump administration has extended a travel ban over the use of American passports to North Korea for another year.

According to US News, a released notice by the US state department on Monday said the travel ban will remain effected until August 31, unless appealed by Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state.

Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson had imposed the travel ban on North Korea first in September 2017 and then renewed the ban in 2018. He took such unusual actions following the demise of an American teenager, Otto Warmbier, whom North Korea had allegedly detained.
In an official statement, the state department said it determined “there continues to be a serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention” for the Americans traveling to North Korea, as per the notice that will get published this week in the Federal Register.

The ban permits only certain categories of US citizens such as journalists aid workers to obtain a special validation passport for a trip to the North.

The development comes in the midst of stalled diplomatic efforts to resume nuclear talks Washington and Pyongyang since the Hanoi summit failure between Trump and his N Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, which ended abruptly without reaching any deal over both leaders’ difference as Kim stressed of ease of sanctions level on North Korea, while Trump focused over Kim’s last year commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.



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