After Otto Warmbier’s Release, Will U.S. Ban Travel To North Korea?

Visitors and medical personnel enter a transport plane carrying Otto Warmbier at a Cincinnati regional airport Tuesday. Warmbier was released and medically evacuated from North Korea and has been in a coma for months, his parents said. The State Department currently warns Americans against travel to North Korea, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has signaled he may go further.

It’s highly unusual for the government to restrict the ability of Americans to go abroad. A full-on ban would have to come from Congress, but the secretary of state has authority to restrict travel.

(Image credit: John Minchillo/AP)

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