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US renews warning against visiting North Korea

Published on May 22, 2014 6:04 AM
 
Tourists look out towards North Korea at the Dora Observatory near the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on May 14, 2014. Washington on Wednesday renewed a stern warning to all American citizens not to travel to North Korea, saying that even joining a tour would fail to protect them from arbitrary arrest. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Washington on Wednesday renewed a stern warning to all American citizens not to travel to North Korea, saying that even joining a tour would fail to protect them from arbitrary arrest.

“In the past 18 months, North Korea has detained US citizens who were part of organized tours,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

“A US citizen should not assume that joining a group tour or using a tour guide would protect them from being detained or arrested by North Korean authorities.”

Pyongyang in late April said it had been holding a 24-year-old US tourist in custody for more than two weeks after he apparently ripped up his visa at immigration and demanded asylum.

 
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