>> The US government is banning Americans from traveling to North Korea due to the serious risk of arrest, after a US student was jailed and later died after visiting the isolated nation, the State Department said Friday. The ban will go into effect in just over 30 days. Reuters correspondent, David Brunnstrom.
>> I think the estimate is that there have been 17 detentions of Americans in North Korea in the past decade. Now this ban has been under consideration by Secretary of State Tillerson since earlier this year. But I think the real trigger for it was the death of a 22-year-old American student, Otto Warmbier.
>> Warmbier was detained in North Korea in 2016 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for an incident at his hotel, where he was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner. Last month, he was released to the United States in a coma, and died just days after his return.
The circumstances surrounding his death are not clear. In the past, the US hasn't forbidden travelers from visiting North Korea, but is has advised strongly against it.>> What's interesting about this ban is that, now, North Korea will become pretty much the only country in the world where Americans will be prohibited from traveling.
A State Department spokeswoman says it plans to publish a notice in the Federal Register next week, starting a 30-day clock before the restriction takes effect. After that, Americans who wanna travel to North Korea for certain limited, humanitarian, or other purposes will have to apply for a special passport to do so.