About a month ago, Otto Warmbier was released by North Korea after over a year of imprisonment and returned to his family in Cincinnati, Ohio.Tragically, unbeknownst to his family, Otto was in a coma which many believe was caused by North Korean torture of some kind.
He died shortly after his return. Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a move that is likely an effort to dissuade Americans from making the trip that ultimately cost Otto his life.
From NBC News:
American citizens will soon be banned from traveling to North Korea after the U.S. State Department announced on Friday it would be issuing a “geographical travel restriction.”
Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for the State Department, said a Federal Register notice would be published next week and 30 days after the notice is published, the restriction will become active.
“The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities,” Nauert said. “Due to mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement, the Secretary has authorized a Geographical Travel Restriction on all U.S. citizen nationals’ use of a passport to travel in, through, or to North Korea.”
Probably a good move.
No need to risk another situation like Warmbier’s and clearly North Korea has no problem snatching up any American that heads over there. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Warmbier family.