State Dept. extends travel ban to North Korea

State Dept. extends travel ban to North Korea
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The Trump administration is extending a travel ban for Americans traveling to North Korea through next year, according to a State Department memo released Monday.

The ban, originally instituted in June 2017, will remain in place until Aug. 31, 2020, unless revoked earlier by Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoImpeachment battle looms over must-pass defense bill Five takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong MORE, according to The Associated Press.

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It was imposed by then-Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonNikki Haley fires the first shot in the GOP's post-Trump war State Dept. watchdog: Official's firing was case of political retaliation Steve Schmidt: 'Overwhelming chance that Trump will dump Pence' for Haley MORE after the death of U.S. student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea. The ban was renewed once already, in 2018. 

U.S. citizens interested in going to North Korea for humanitarian- or journalism-related purposes will be able to apply for exceptions through the State Department. 

The travel ban extension comes amid a stall in nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE has said he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Ex-Ukraine ambassador offers dramatic day of testimony | Talks of 'crisis' at State Department | Trump tweets criticism of envoy during hearing | Dems warn against 'witness intimidation' | Trump defends his 'freedom of speech' Biden responds to North Korea: 'I wear their insults as a badge of honor' Erdoğan should receive the wrath of the US, not its embrace MORE to discuss denuclearization later this year. The two leaders have met multiple times already on the issue but have been unable to reach an agreement.

Kim has overseen several weapon test launches in the last month despite warnings from South Korea.