by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – The Trump administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are giving renewed consideration to enacting a ban on Americans traveling to North Korea, a reaction to the death earlier this week of U.S. student Otto Warmbier, who was held by the reclusive regime for 17 months before returning home to Ohio in a coma.
Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee, said Tuesday, “if people are that stupid that they still want to go to that country, then at least they assume the responsibility for their welfare,” and should be required to sign a waiver.
Two congressman, however, have gone further, sponsoring a bipartisan bill to ban U.S. citizens from visiting North Korea for tourism altogether.
“Americans go there, they’re often taken hostage, essentially, and the North uses them as bargaining chips,” Schiff told CBS News for a story Wednesday.
In his release, Rep. Wilson said, “Tourist travel to North Korea does nothing but provide funds to a tyrannical regime—that will in turn be used to develop weapons to threaten the United States and our allies.”