The State Department has announced it will prohibit U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea starting from the end of next month, due to due to concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention

The decision follows the death of an American student last month who was imprisoned for nearly 18 months in Pyongyang before he was flown home to Ohio in a coma.

The State Department has advised Americans not to visit but the decision by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson point-blank bans use of U.S. passports “to travel in, through, or to North Korea,” according to spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Several hundred Americans visit North Korea each year on tour groups that specialize in the country. Some aid workers, journalists and academics also travel there.

The decision comes after many months of tense criticism of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and his missile tests.


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