No one who reads this site would likely be traveling to North Korea anytime soon or in the next five years according to the wording of this new legislation.
The decision has long been contemplated by U.S. officials and got a new round of endorsements in light of the death of an American college student who was detained and abused while traveling in North Korea. The rule will take effect in the late August.
Tillerson told House lawmakers that he was “evaluating” a travel ban in June, one day after the evacuation of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier from North Korea.
Warmbier, who had been detained and sentenced to hard labor for stealing propaganda poster, was in a coma at the time of his release and died shortly after returning to the United States.
There are three other Americans currently imprisoned in the country.
“[M]y concern, indeed, [is] that tourists got here simply supporting a dictatorial totalitarian regime,” Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., who co-sponsored legislation mandating a travel ban, told Tillerson at the June hearing.
Occasionally, the regime treats an American especially well.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has complimented dictator Kim Jong-un and visited repeatedly.