By: Kyle James | 08-28-2017 | News
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Americans Rushing To North Korea Ahead Of Travel Ban, But Will They Return?

A month after the death of Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old college student from Ohio, the Whitehouse issued a travel ban to North Korea that is set to take effect September 1st, 2017. Warmbier was visiting North Korea as a tourist when he took a propaganda poster from his hotel room as a souvenir. When he was caught, a North Korean court sentenced him to 15 years imprisonment with hard labor. One month into his sentence, Warmbier suffered severe neurological injury but the cause of the injury is unknown.

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North Korean authorities did not announce his medical condition until he fell into a coma in June this year. They said the cause of the coma was the result of botulism and a sleeping pill. His family pleaded for action from the United States government to secure his return to America. On June 13th he was returned to the United States in a comatose state and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. Physicians at the hospital found no signs of botulism and said the damage found in Warmbier's brain was not consistent with the disease at all. Warmbier passed away six days after his return to America, he never awoke from his coma. Warmbier's story is a cautionary tale for would-be visitors to the communist country but that's not stopping some American daredevils from testing their luck.

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One of the employees of the airline taking American's to North Korea named Simon Cockerell said of the travel ban, "It's a pity for anyone curious to go, but especially for North Koreans who might want to know what American visitors are really like." The State Department says they do not track the total number of Americans who travel to North Korea but operators of tours estimate that several hundred visit the controversial country each year. The State Department warns against travel to North Korea and says to do so at your own risk.


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OhNo_2017 No. 7239 2017-08-28 : 14:44

After all the tensions between the United States and N. Korea, I would be terribly afraid to travel abroad. N. Korea randomly pulls Americans from groups and fabricates criminal charges, which ultimately places Americans in horrific prisons where they are tortured for months on end and ultimately die from sadistic human experiments. I would seriously reconsider traveling to such a scary place as you may very well be their next victim. 🔵😥🔵

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