Travelling has been one of the most favorite past times of people all around the world. If a person feels stressed or all worked out, the next thing that person would do is to pack the bag and go to another place away from home.
One of the most favorite destinations of people, especially those who are in mid-age is Asia. The cool weather, the food, and the sightseeing places are all worth the money and the time
However, not all places in Asia are open for visiting. North Korea is one of the strictest when it comes to visitors and explorers. Not all people can enter the country, most especially if there is no permit to enter their territory.
BAN ON TRAVEL
Just recently, the United States government announced that they would ban Americans from traveling to North Korea. Last Friday the government addressed the situation and stated that this is due to the long-term detention of an American in the country.
There was reportedly a student from the United States who was jailed in North Korea while on tour last year. However, as reported by Reuters, this particular student died for unknown reasons.
The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, also supported this restriction by authorizing a “Geographical Travel Restriction” for all Americans. According to Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, this “Geographical Travel Restriction” will forbid anyone from entering the territory of North Korea.
ALL PASSPORTS ARE INVALID
According to the statement released by Nauert, once the “Geographical Travel Restriction” has taken effect, all passports issued in the United States will be invalid for travel to, going to and passing through North Korea. For someone to enter the country’s premises, it is required to obtain a passport that has special validation to travel to or within the country.
She also explained further that this decision and move by the government is due to the mounting concerns over the risks of being arrested and being detained long term under North Korea’s strict system of law enforcement. This was said happened to Otto Warmbier.
WHO IS OTTO WARMBIER?
Otto Warmbier is a 22-year-old student who was sentenced to jail and hard labor in North Korea for 15 years. He was arrested by the police force when he tried to steal a propaganda sign while he was on a tourist visit.
The student returned to the United States last June 13. However, instead of being alive, he was returned to his family in a coma after being released on humanitarian ground. Six days after, on June 19, the student died.
THE MYSTERY BEHIND HIS DEATH
The circumstances as to how Otto Warmbier died is still not clear. This is including the reason why he fell into a comma. The North Korean government also released a statement that Warmbier’s death was ruled as a mystery, dismissing all the accusations that he was tortured and beaten.
As of now, the North Korean government still hold two Korean-American: One Academic and one Missionary. They also detain a Canadian pastor along with three South Koreans who were doing missionary works.