U.S. To Potential North Korean Travellers: Make A Will

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Now that’s a travel advisory!

The U.S. State Department says American citizens who wish to visit North Korea should write a will, make funeral arrangements and designate guardians for their children and pets.

Wow. Where do we get in line?

The fresh advice was issued last week, according to Fox News, and comes on the back of new rules issued last year that now require Americans to apply for a special validation to travel to the hermit kingdom, which is only handed out in “very limited circumstances.”

The travel ban was enforced in the aftermath of the death of U.S. student Otto Warmbier, 22, who was arrested by the North Koreans while on holiday in Pyongyang and sentenced to 15 years hard labour. He returned home last summer in a mysterious coma and died shortly afterwards.

The state department cautions that it will be unable to offer emergency assistance as it has no embassy in the country, and recommends that travellers prepare for the worst.

“Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney; discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pet, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc),” says the recommendation.

President Donald Trump designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in November, citing Kim Jong-un’s ‘murderous’ rogue regime and Warmbier’s death as the reasons.

North Korea is also classified as a ‘Level 4 – Do Not Travel’ country, alongside Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Mali, Yemen, Libya and Somalia.

The new advisory comes despite a tentative thaw in relations between North and South Korea, who have met twice in the past week to discuss Pyongyang’s participation in the February Winter Olympics.

But while offering an olive branch to the South, Kim Jong-un has done little to defuse hostility with the U.S. reiterating last week that his missiles were pointing in America’s direction.

Senior American officials have also reportedly discussed a limited military strike, or “bloody nose,” option to contain Pyongyang’s advancing nuclear and missiles program.




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