US to Extend Ban on Citizens’ Travel to North Korea

September 13, 2018 Updated: September 13, 2018

WASHINGTON—The U.S. State Department said on Aug. 30 it had decided to extend by a year its ban on U.S. citizens’ travel to North Korea, citing continued concerns about the threat of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals there.

The two countries are involved in talks intended to ease tensions between them, and President Donald Trump met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un in June.

Since then relations have cooled and a planned visit by the top U.S. diplomat to North Korea was scrapped recently because Trump said insufficient progress toward denuclearization had been made.

The ban, which went into effect on Sept. 1, 2017, had been set to expire on Aug. 31. It will be extended through Aug. 31, 2019, the State Department said in a notice in the Federal Register.

By Makini Brice

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