North Korean Travel Ban Possible

Jun 19, 2017

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said Wednesday, “We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea. We have not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it.” The Secretary said this in light of North Korea’s treatment of Otto Warmbier, the college student jailed by the government. Since 2000, there have been fifteen known cases of Americans detained by North Korea. One school of thought in Washington thinks that the U.S. government’s options for response are limited. One concern is that the three Americans currently imprisoned in North Korea may be harmed if the American government responds to Warmbier’s treatment. The other school of thought thinks that sanctions against North Korea could be tightened and that China could be told that it can either do business with the United States or North Korea, but not both. North Korea is building nuclear weapons that potentially could reach the United States. Money that American tourists spend in North Korea allows the government the cash needed to buy the resources needed to build up its ballistic missiles.