There is a new legislation that is planned by the US congress to implement a ban on travel to North Korea by US citizens. This took momentum after the death of Otto Warmbier’s he was imprisoned by North Korea for 17 months.
The committee will take up the legislation, sponsored by South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson and California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, as early as next month, as per the reports.
The tour operators have often argued that the travel is safe and, as a consequence, an estimated 800 to 1,000 Americans yield to the inducement each year.
The bill was introduced before Warmbier’s death, but his ordeal — the 22-year-old college student from Ohio suffered brain damage while imprisoned leading to his death — has added urgency to efforts to pass a new law curbing travel to the country.
Americans visiting North Korea lose all right to privacy and risk being searched, arrested and imprisoned for doing next to nothing.
But the legislation would also make some exceptions for US travel to North Korea, including family re-unification or for humanitarian work.
As per the reports, The bill would create an outright ban on tourist travel by Americans, while any other visits would require a special license from the Treasury Department.