The U.S. State Department has imposed a ban on the United States’ passport holder to travel to North Korea. According to the statement issued on August 2, the ban will be in effect from September 1.
The officials have asked all the U.S. passport holders currently living in North Korea to return before the restriction begins. The ban will be in effect for next one year. According to a report by CBS, the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, can further extend the ban or revoke it sooner.
According to the statement, “The Secretary has authorized the restriction due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. citizens under North Korea’s system of law enforcement.”
According to a Reuters report, North Korea currently holds one Korean-American missionary and two academics, three South Korean nationals and a Canadian pastor. According to Japan, several dozens of their nationals are also detained by North Korea.
In a public notice, journalists and humanitarian workers are exempted from the ban. The ban has come in amid increasing tensions between the two nations. The upcoming ban will also make North Korea the only country Americans can not fly to.
Sources – Reuters, CBS News
The US has decided to bar its citizens from traveling to North Korea. Two agencies, Koryo Tours, and Young Pioneer Tours, which operate tours in the East Asian country, have conceded that the announcement would be made on July 27 and will come into effect 30 days later.
Although the USA has not confirmed after the death of jailed American student Otto Warmbier, their ties have worsened. Warmbier traveled to North Korea through Young Pioneer Tours in January 2016.
He was arrested on charges of trying to steal a propaganda sign and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. He was returned to the US in a state of coma and died a week later on June 19 aged 22.
In a statement by Koryo Tours, it said after the ban comes into effect, it will not be legal for anyone to travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on a US passport.
The announcement date July 27 also coincides with North Korea’s ‘Victory Day’ to commemorate the 1953 Korean War armistice.
- Washington Post-http://The US has decided to bar its citizens from travelling to North Korea. Two agencies, Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours, which operate tours in the East Asian country, have conceded that the announcement would be made on July 27 and will come into effect 30 days later. Although USA has not confirmed but after the death of jailed American student Otto Warmbier, their ties have worsened. Warmbier travelled to North Korea through Young Pioneer Tours in January 2016. He was arrested on charges of trying to steal a propaganda sign and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. He was returned to the US in a state of coma and died a week later on June 19 aged 22. In a statement by Koryo Tours, it said after the ban comes into effect, it will not be legal for anyone to travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on a US passport. The announcement date July 27 also coincides with North Korea’s ‘Victory Day’ to commemorate the 1953 Korean War armistice.
As many as 122 countries has adopted a global treaty on nuclear ban at the United Nations on Friday. Only NATO member- the Netherlands voted against it while Singapore abstained from the process of voting.
Opposition rose from Britain, France and the United States that said such a decision is not a correct way to deal with reality especially when there are perpetual threats coming from North Korea.
The United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel neither did take part in the negotiations nor did they vote.
Not even did Japan take part in the negotiations even after being victimised with atomic attacks several times.
The UN ambassadors from United States, Britain and France clearly said they do not have an intention to join the treaty.
“This treaty offers no solution to the grave threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program, nor does it address other security challenges that make nuclear deterrence necessary,” they said in a joint statement.
The three countries instead want to strengthen the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty which seeks nuclear arms to remain stationed in US, Russia, Britain, France and China countries.
Source: TOI, AFP
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“The Chinese military will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security as well as regional peace and stability,” said the Chinese defense ministry in response to the US. Bomber planes flying over the disputed South China Sea. The U.S. Air Force strongly believes that the region should be treated as an International territory in spite of China’s opposition.
China has already dispatched military vessels and fighter jets to ward away U.S. warship sailing near the disputed region. The tension between the two escalated as the US President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Xinping are set to meet at the G-20 summit at Hamburg. They are supposed to discuss China’s role in stifling North Korea’s Missile and nuclear weapons programme after King Jong-Un launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson was however critical of the U.S. bomber planes,”But China resolutely opposes individual countries using the banner of freedom of navigation and overflight to flaunt military force and harm China’s sovereignty and security,” he exclaimed. The South China Sea witnesses a $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passing through it every year, with countries like Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan claiming parts of this region. A U.S. warship reportedly sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea a few days back as the tension between these two heavyweight countries refuses to fade away.
News Sources- Ani, Reuters
A defiant North Korea claims to have tested its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)- code named Hwasong 14 which it claims has the ability to hit targets across the globe.The referred missile was claimed to cover an altitude of 2802 kms and covered a distance of 933 kms in 39 minutes before landing close to the sea of Japan during it”s testing.An ICBM missile operates within the range of 5000-10000 kilometers and has the capability to carry a nuclear warhead.Although many skeptics will doubt about the nuclear warhead, re-entry vehicle and other proofs of working guidance of the missile, the fact that North Korea has actually managed to showcase its technological ability in launching an ICBM adds credibility to the nation.
Expectedly the close neighbours along with U.S.and Russia have strongly condemned the test. While South Korea has called for action by UN Security Council, Japan has stressed for an alliance with South Korea and U.S. to put pressure on Pyongyang. Russia and China have asked North Korea to suspend its tests and also asked the alliance of U.S and South Korea to stop it’s military exercise plans.The launch which took place on 4th July, which incidentally is American Independence Day gives North Korea a chance to hit peripheral areas of U.S. Although a full front coverage of U.S is still far away the launch proves that.
North Korea had made progress despite a hard call on itself by global superpowers.
POTUS Donald Trump is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time on the sidelines of the G20 meet, Hamburg, Germany as reported by BBC.
Both the leaders have been open to repair ties which had been earlier damaged by the Syrian war as well as the Crimean crisis. However, due to anti-Russian sentiment in the USA is at an all-time high due to the controversial involvement of Russia in the US Presidential elections which helped Trump to win. Also, there have been rumours that Trump has given highly classified information during the visit of Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov to the White House. Moscow has been in support of North Korea launching its ICBM (Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles) which has been heavily criticised by Washington. All this may lead to Trump holding a tough stance against Russia as reported by the Guardian.
Though the meeting would last for only an hour, there is a high chance that something new might come out of it. As far as Syria is concerned, both are determined to drive out ISIS but the US wants to install Kurdish-led Syrian Defense Forces government, while Russia wants Bashar-Al Assad to restore his rule as reported by the BBC.
In the recent days, Trump visited Poland and talked about the evils of communism which has been inflicted on the people of Warsaw. This certainly means that the personal equation between the two leaders is not very good as for now.
From body language to every word which both the leaders say during the meet will be dissected by the media from around the world.
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On June 30, 2017, United States President Trump said at a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jaein that, “Together we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime.” Aiming at North Korea to “choose a better path…quickly.” Pointing out the importance of their alliance and targeting Seoul over trade and sharing the cost of defense.
The US President said that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missiles program required a “determined response,’ and stressed that ‘strategic patience’ with their government had come to hault. Moon said that it is really important to engage in dialogue with North Korean Leaders. The South Korean President added, that his country would continue defense reforms and build up the capacity to defend itself. “North Korea issue is top priority- the only strong security can bring about genuine peace” in the Asia-Pacific region, added Moon.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned against the consequences of any military solution to be “tragic, on an unbelievable scale”. Trump’s only hope lies in persuading China, North Korea’s neighbor and prime trading partner, to handle rein in Pyongyang, even though he has lately been frustrated that Beijing hasn’t been a great help. Moon and Donald Trump are open to any new discussion with North Korea, but only under certain circumstances that would lead to Pyongyang get rid of its non-benefiting weapon schemes.
Further events, where North Korea executed a missile launch that failed, and held a military parade in show of strength, and US deployed a submarine and group of warships to the region, has further raised tensions between them.
Source: Reuters, CNN