Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has just decided to impose "geographic travel restriction" for North Korea, which would now make the use of US passports to enter the country illegal.
The new the restriction will officially go into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register.
Usually when the United States imposes such a restriction it means one of two things, either a precursor for war, or a precursor for the most brutal embargoes on a country that the United States can ever lay forth to freeze a rogue nation.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt suspended naturalization proceedings for all German, Japanese, and Italian settlers in the United States on December 8th of 1941, just one day after the onslaught of the Pearl Harbor attack.
During World War II, more than 110,00 people were forcibly detained in US government detention camps. Roosevelt issued the policies immediately after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, authorizing law enforcement to target "alien enemies."
Roosevelt issued this now infamous Presidential Proclamation 2525:
“Whenever there is a declared war between the United States and any foreign nation or government, or any invasion or predatory incursion is perpetrated, attempted, or threatened against the territory of the United States by any foreign nation or government, and the President makes public proclamation of the event, all natives, citizens, denizens, or subjects of the hostile nation or government, being of the age of fourteen years and upward, who shall be within the United States and not actually naturalized, shall be liable to be apprehended, restrained, secured, and removed as alien enemies.”
It's also occurred during and leading up to Cuban Missile Crisis, and the notorious Bay of Pigs, with relative unease against Cuba and it's own pro-communist regime, which to this day has led to both a travel restriction to and from the island of Cuba and a long standing embargo.
Such actions from the United States tend to lead to further serious implications if not outright war.
The United States imposed an arms embargo on Cuba on March 14th of 1958 during the armed conflict between rebels led by Fidel Castro and the Fulgencio Batista regime.
The armed conflict violated U.S. policy which had permitted the sale of weapons to Latin-American countries that were a part of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (Rio Treaty) as long as they were not used for hostile purposes.
The now historic Bay of Pigs Invasion in April of 1961, which had been largely planned under the Eisenhower administration, but which Kennedy had been informed of and approved during the months preceding his presidency and in his first few months as president, the Cuban government declared that it now considered itself Marxist and socialist, and aligned with the Soviet Union.
On September 4th of 1961, largely in a direct response, Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act, a Cold War Act which in essence prohibited aid to Cuba and authorized the President to impose a complete trade embargo against Cuba.
On January 21st of 1962, Cuba was expelled from the Organization of American States by a vote of 14 in favor, one vote being against with six abstentions. Mexico and Ecuador, two abstaining members, argued that the expulsion was not authorized in the OAS Charter.
President John F. Kennedy extended measures by Executive order, first widening the scope of the trade restrictions on February 8th of 1962. These measures expanded the embargo to include all imports of products containing Cuban goods, even if the final products had been made or assembled outside Cuba.
On August 3rd of 1962 the Foreign Assistance Act was amended to prohibit aid to any country that provides assistance to Cuba.
On September 7th of 1962 President Kennedy formally expanded the Cuban embargo to include all Cuban trade, except for non-subsidized sale of food and medicines.
Historically it undoubtedly is a final warning if not a precursor for war against a sovereign nation, and the intensity between both the United States and the civilized world versus the savage leadership of the North Korean regime only further increases on an almost daily basis.
Kim Jong Un and the American backed South Koreans in Seoul already have missiles and artillery pointed at each other and have for nearly seven decades, officially since 1953.
The Korean Armistice Agreement was the armistice which served to ensure a complete cessation of hostilities of the Korean War. It was signed by U.S. Army Lieutenant General William Harrison, Jr. representing the United Nations Command, North Korean General Nam Il representing the Korean People's Army, and the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army.
The armistice was officially signed on July 27th of 1953, and was designed to "insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved."
No final peaceful settlement has yet been achieved between the two sides. The signed armistice established the Korean Demilitarized Zone (de facto a new border between the two nations), put into force a cease-fire, and finalized repatriation of prisoners of war. The Demilitarized Zone runs not far from the 38th parallel, which separated North and South Korea before the Korean War.
However Kim Jong Un has remained defiantly driven towards war. He's launched missiles into the Sea of Japan threatening the sovereignty and peace in the Pacific, he's continued to force starvation upon his people in efforts to accomplish nuclear powers, and he's ignored the pleas of the entire world.
The new travel restriction from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is much more than a simple warning. We are no longer in the era of Obama “red lines in the sand”, we are in the moment or American Greatness under President Trump, which will never allow a psychotic Dictator to strike against our people or our allies.
President Trump has tried diplomacy countless times. Several American Presidents pushed for such changes from Pyongyang and failed. This Administration is not going to sit by and idle as the madman in the North Korean Peninsula achieves the power he needs to strike first.
What will happen next remains unknown, but if history serves as a reminder, it's likely a precursor for an impending premeditated strike to secure the lives of millions in the Pacific by stopping the overzealous evil that resides in Pyongyang before it can harvest the souls of the innocent.