North Korea Planning Ballistic Missile Test From Submarine, US Intelligence Says

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The State Department confirmed the new restriction on Friday, after Young Pioneer Tours, which organized Otto Warmbier's fateful visit to North Korea, announced the pending move.

Hawaii isn't the first US state to take action in educating its people on the nuclear threat.

The U.S. government will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, citing safety and security concerns. "After the 30 day grace period any USA national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government".

Koryo Tours and Young Pioneers Tours both said that they had been informed by the government about the impending travel ban.

Young Pioneer Tours was the agency that took Warmbier to North Korea. Relatives said they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea in March 2016. All other travel by Americans "to, through and in" North Korea will be prohibited.

South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to accept its offer of military talks aimed at reducing tensions along the border, describing it as a "very urgent task".

The agency was informed of the development by officials of the Swedish government, which represents America's interests in North Korea, he told CNN.

The North Koreans had told U.S. officials that Warmbier slipped in a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.

Koryo Tours, which is based in Beijing, takes between 350 and 400 Americans to North Korea each year, which is about 20 percent of its total number of participants, Mr. Cockerelll said.

Warmbier was detained at Pyongyang's airport on January 2, 2016, near the end of his tour group's stay in North Korea.

North Korea allows foreign tourists to visit but their travel is strictly limited.

"It remains to be seen what the exact text is, but the indication is it's just a straight up ban on Americans going", he said.

The twin proposals are the first concrete steps towards rapprochement with the North since South Korea in May elected the President Moon Jae-In, who favors greater engagement with Pyongyang.

"We're telling our own people, essentially, you can't go where you want to go, I don't really understand it", said Sayler, a resident of West Pittston, Pennsylvania, who works as a police officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hundreds of Americans are among the roughly 4,000 to 5,000 Western tourists who visit North Korea each year, according to U.S. Representative Joe Wilson, a Republican from SC. Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high.

Still, the provision will not apply if transactions are determined to be exclusively for livelihood purposes and unrelated to generating revenue for North Korea's nuclear or ballistic missile programs or other activities prohibited by previous United Nations resolutions.

Korean-American professor Kim Sang-duk (or Tony Kim) who was detained in April 2017.

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