Flags of the US (left) and North Korea. (123 rf)
The United States has extended its travel ban on North Korea for another year, a US government announcement showed on Wednesday.
The State Department announced the extension of the ban until August 31, 2023, in a Federal Register notice published on Tuesday (US time). The restriction – originally imposed in 2017 and renewed annually – was set to expire at the end of this month.
“The State Department has determined that there continues to be a serious risk to US citizens and nationals of arrest and long-term detention that poses an immediate risk to their physical safety,” the statement said. “Consequently, all U.S. passports will remain invalid for travel to, to, or through the DPRK unless specifically certified for such travel under the authority of the Secretary of State.”
DPRK stands for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the North’s official name.
In September 2017, the US banned travel to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier, an American student who had suffered serious injuries while in North Korean custody for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. (Yonhap)