Starting in September, Americans will be banned from traveling to North Korea

Trevor Jackson
August 4, 2017

A ban on travel by US passport holders to North Korea will take effect on September 1 and Americans in the country should leave before that date, the US State Department said on Wednesday.

"We're trying to convey to the North Koreans: We are not your enemy".

"We would like to sit and have a dialogue with them about the future that will give them the security they seek and the future economic prosperity for North Korea", Tillerson said.

Officials say that anyone now in North Korea that hold a USA passport should leave before the restrictions take place next month - which will remain in effect for one year unless extended or sooner revoked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"We don't think having a dialogue where the North Koreans come to the table assuming they're going to maintain their nuclear weapons is productive", he said.

Referring to Trump's Twitter rages at Beijing, Tillerson said the "situation in North Korea" tests the relationship between the United States and China. "We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula", he said during a press conference in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. "But you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond", he declared.

But he sought to reassure the isolated regime that it does not need a nuclear arsenal to defend itself from a U.S. attack.

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The preview says that in addition to journalists and humanitarian workers, Americans whose travel to North Korea "is otherwise in the national interest" will be considered for exemptions.

Tillerson talked about numerous challenges across the world, including the fight against ISIS, the Syrian crisis, the Middle East, Iran and moves to end the eastern Ukraine conflict, which has witnessed several clashes between government forces and rebels backed by Russian Federation.

Three more Americans are still detained in the North, all of them Korean-Americans.

However, some North Korea watchers worry that inconsistent and opaque messaging from the United States has hamstrung their position when it comes to North Korea, a country which test-fired two long-range missiles in July that could theoretically reach the USA mainland.

"China has ways that they can influence and put pressure on the North Korean regime because of this significant economic relationship that no one else has", the Secretary of State argued. "The time for talk is over", she said.

But Republican senator Lindsey Graham revealed Trump's plan for war with North Korea if it doesn't stop testing ballistic missiles.

USA officials have steadily condemned North Korea's missile tests, which are a violation of worldwide law.

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