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 PompeoMike PompeoHaley has 'positive' meeting with Trump No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris MORE, according to The Associated Press.
It was imposed by then-Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHillicon Valley — Blinken unveils new cyber bureau at State Blinken formally announces new State Department cyber bureau Hillicon Valley — TikTok, Snapchat seek to distance themselves from Facebook 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 TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE has said he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea bans leather coats after Kim starts new fashion trend Belarus and Russia must resolve the migrant crisis on their own North Korea's Kim makes first public appearance in month 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.