PAYBACK Ban on North Korea Coming Soon?

PAYBACK Ban on North Korea Coming Soon?
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The House Foreign Affairs Committee has decided to move forward with legislation supporting a travel ban for Americans attempting to visit North Korea after the death of American student Otto Warmbier, CNN reports.

The bipartisan bill, put forward by Republican South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson and Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff, bans all tourism for five years and forces Americans that do visit the country to obtain a license from the Department of Treasury.

“People watch these websites that guarantee they can go into North Korea and be secure, be safe, these glossy presentations,” said House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, a Republican from California, “and the reality is that many of these visitors end up being used as bargaining chips by the North Korean regime.”

Although the original bill was introduced before Warmbier passed away from brain damage sustained while imprisoned in North Korea, his untimely death has sped up the timeline for the legislation. The foreign relations committee hopes to take up the legislation as early as next month.
 Source: The Daily Caller
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