Inside the Ring: North Korean Travel Warnings Issued to Americans

Two women walk outside a dormitory of the Kim Jong-Suk textile mill in Pyongyang

Two women walk outside a dormitory of the Kim Jong-Suk textile mill in Pyongyang / Getty Images


The State Department issued reports this week warning Americans not to travel to North Korea, where the regime in Pyongyang is stepping up detentions and military provocations.

An internal State Department security report says 16 Americans have been detained on trumped-up subversion charges in the past decade. The report also said North Korea is using military provocations to bolster the authority of supreme leader Kim Jong-un and perpetuate his rule.

The report by the Overseas Security Advisory Council surveyed U.S. businesses in South Korea and found that 75 percent are most concerned that naval clashes or confrontations in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas could trigger a war.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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