U.S. Urges All Americans in North Korea to “depart immediately”

Cleansing North Korea of all Americans sends a message to Kim Jung Un: “We’re going to bomb the **** out of you.”

Or does it?

It could as easily be a bluff. In any case, it denies the Norks the American dollars that tourists would otherwise be spending there.

If there is a war in Korea, then let’s dedicate it to John McCain. We could call it a “going away present” for McCain, who will surely end up somewhere very hot as his brain cancer rips his head apart and sends the old pilot on his final flight.

Zerohedge

Dennis Rodman will be disappointed to learn that the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. “After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government.” The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime.

China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which had taken Warmbier to North Korea, and Koryo Tours said the ban will come into force on July 27 – the anniversary of the end of the Korean War – with a 30-day grace period. Koryo Tours added that the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles consular affairs for the United States in the North, informed it of the ban, but did not say how long it would last. The U.S. embassy in the South Korean capital, Seoul, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rowan Beard said that the 30-day grace period would “give leeway for any [Americans] currently in the country as tourists or on humanitarian work”. Simon Cockerill, of Koryo Tours, said: “It remains to be seen what the exact text is, but the indication is it’s just a straight up ban on Americans going.” Mr Cockerill told the BBC the agency would still conduct tours and take Americans until the ban came into effect.

Additionally, Rowan Beard of Young Pioneer Tours, told the BBC the embassy was urging all US nationals to depart immediately. He said the embassy was trying to check on the number of US tourists left in the country.

For now there has been no official confirmation from the US: the state department continues to have an alert dated 9 May strongly warning US citizens not to travel to North Korea.

As the BBC adds, there has been movement towards a ban for a while in the US, which increased with the Warmbier death.

In May, two congressmen introduced the North Korea Travel Control bill to cut off the foreign currency the country earns from American tourists. The House foreign affairs subcommittee is scheduled to take up the draft legislation on 27 July but it would still have to go to the Senate. So there could be an executive order. Last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea. We have not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it.” Apart from the treatment of Americans in North Korea, tension has been increasing over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

Some are suggesting the US is using the date the ban is set to be announced – 27 July – to cloud North Korea’s Victory Day on the same day. It was not clear if the urge to clear out US citizens from North Korea is a precursor to more “aggressive” (or kinetic) action by the US government.

There’s a freedom issue here that everyone is going to overlook. A free people would have the right to travel to North Korea, so long as the Norks are willing to have them. Government has no business banning its people from leaving their country to travel to any country.

14 thoughts on “U.S. Urges All Americans in North Korea to “depart immediately”

  1. “the ban will come into force on July 27 – the anniversary of the end of the Korean War”.

    Legally, the war has never ended and that is why 28,000 US forces guard the wealthy nation of South Korea. OTOH, legally maybe the war never started, like the Vietnam War and many others.

    • When I was growing up, the John Birch Society condemned the American government for calling the Korean War a “police action.”

      That “police action” term was an early form of political correctness. Even as a youngster it disgusted my sense of morality to not call it a war. And, of course, the firing of McArthur showed what cucks we had running the show even then.

  2. “Government has no business banning its people from leaving their country to travel to any country.”

    Maybe, not, but I think the order should go into effect starting 31 days ago meaning anyone there can’t come back. Those stupid enough to go should stay and suffer the consequences.

    • Wouldn’t it be a better compromise to say that after 31 days notice the Government of the USA will no longer support in any way any of its citizens who wind up in trouble there?

      • PB,

        “will no longer support” Whites who stupidly go to NK. The US is not tough enough to ignore its pets. Let’s nuke the N. Koreans to get our poor third-world immigrant citizens out who through no fault of their own met up with the cruel North Korean government.

        All the whining, sobbing tears, press, legislative efforts, and Dennis Rodman charm, for Warmbier when all of it was his fault. You don’t dive into a cobra pit and expect to come out alive.

        I’m not in a compromising mood, today.

        Tourists may not have any choice. One of the tourist agencies said it will comply with Trump’s policy by not taking Americans there. The other may join.

      • wullfe, what if the North Korean reprisal atom bombs go off in your city or where you have loved ones? I can think of many ways to deliver atom bombs with very low technology – no missiles or submarines needed. This can happen after the host country is entirely destroyed. Naturally I am unwilling to help stupid tinted people who lack imagination.

  3. Don’t jump to any conclusions yet, there is a trade war going on with China and the US right now and this is just more leverage. China has been telling the norks to fire off missiles into sea of Japan and then they can say we’ll stop them from firing anymore missiles if you help us with the trade deal, see how it works?

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