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 PompeoClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Senate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions State Department's top arms control official leaving MORE, according to The Associated Press.

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It was imposed by then-Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTillerson: Netanyahu 'played' Trump with misinformation Pompeo sees status grow with Bolton exit Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' 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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE has said he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Trump hits Iranian central bank with sanctions | Trump meeting with Ukrainian leader at UN | Trump touts relationship with North Korea's Kim as 'best thing' for US Trump laments Otto Warmbier wasn't freed faster from North Korea Trump calls relationship with North Korea's Kim 'the best thing' for US 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.