North Korea condemns USA travel ban

Lester Mason
August 5, 2017

North Korea's doors are still open to U.S. tourists, Pyongyang said Friday, despite Washington banning its citizens from travelling there following the death of a United States student who had been jailed in the country.

North Korea will become the only country to which Americans are banned from travelling.

A North Korean foreign affairs spokesman on Friday called the travel ban "a vile measure to limit the people-to-people exchange so as not to allow the USA citizens to see the true picture of the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea]", according to state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The State Department issued a notice in the Federal Register on Wednesday declaring USA passports invalid for travel to, in or through North Korea.

"The door is always open to all Americans who want to visit North Korea with good faith and see its real state", the spokesman said.

The North claimed that a sovereign state has a right to punish criminals under the law, defending itself against the angry reaction from the U.S. following Warmbier's death.

The warning says exceptions to the travel ban need special permission that will only be granted "under very limited circumstances".

"The move is a dirty scheme aimed at limiting human exchanges to prevent United States citizens from seeing North Korea as it is and a failure of its hostile policy".

"Persons now in North Korea on a U.S. passport should depart North Korea before the travel restriction enters into effect on Friday, September 1st, 2017", the U.S. Department of State said.

North Korea now has three American citizens in detention on charges of spying, subversion and "hostile acts" against the country.

"Now is [the] time for the Trump administration to come to its senses and make a decision to abandon its hostile policy", KCNA quoted the North Korean spokesman as saying.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article