US Urges All Nationals In North Korea To "Depart Immediately", Bans Tourists From Visiting

Dennis Rodman will be disappointed to learn that the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. "After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government." The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime.

China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which had taken Warmbier to North Korea, and Koryo Tours said the ban will come into force on July 27 - the anniversary of the end of the Korean War - with a 30-day grace period. Koryo Tours added that the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles consular affairs for the United States in the North, informed it of the ban, but did not say how long it would last. The U.S. embassy in the South Korean capital, Seoul, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rowan Beard said that the 30-day grace period would "give leeway for any [Americans] currently in the country as tourists or on humanitarian work". Simon Cockerill, of Koryo Tours, said: "It remains to be seen what the exact text is, but the indication is it's just a straight up ban on Americans going." Mr Cockerill told the BBC the agency would still conduct tours and take Americans until the ban came into effect.

Additionally, Rowan Beard of Young Pioneer Tours, told the BBC the embassy was urging all US nationals to depart immediately. He said the embassy was trying to check on the number of US tourists left in the country.

For now there has been no official confirmation from the US: the state department continues to have an alert dated 9 May strongly warning US citizens not to travel to North Korea.

As the BBC adds, there has been movement towards a ban for a while in the US, which increased with the Warmbier death.

In May, two congressmen introduced the North Korea Travel Control bill to cut off the foreign currency the country earns from American tourists. The House foreign affairs subcommittee is scheduled to take up the draft legislation on 27 July but it would still have to go to the Senate. So there could be an executive order. Last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: "We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea. We have not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it." Apart from the treatment of Americans in North Korea, tension has been increasing over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Some are suggesting the US is using the date the ban is set to be announced - 27 July - to cloud North Korea's Victory Day on the same day. It was not clear if the urge to clear out US citizens from North Korea is a precursor to more "aggressive" (or kinetic) action by the US government.

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PrayingMantis MillionDollarButter Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:40 Permalink

... and ... "Despite international sanctions North Korean economy increased by 3.9 percent in 2016, showing a record-high growth in 17 years, South Korea's Bank of Korea (BOK) said in a report Friday. Pyongyang has never disclosed any information on its economy, all the statistics is gathered by South Korean intelligence services." ...

>>> https://sputniknews.com/business/201707211055753191-north-korea-economy… ...

... go figure ...

...

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Hans-Zandvliet Dsyno Fri, 07/21/2017 - 14:51 Permalink

1) That's because it's nothing but propaganda, the US lacks any coherent foreign policy and because the US is getting more desparate by the day of loosing their world hegemony.2) What can be more fascinating than to leave all Coca Cola Colonies, go to NK and discover that everything they tell about NK is blatently false?

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Slack Jack Hans-Zandvliet Fri, 07/21/2017 - 15:32 Permalink

I wander if the North Koreans understand Climate Change?

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80.3 meters (263.5 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century.).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

http://preearth.net/images/temp-anomalies-1880-2017.txt

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

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Victory_Garden Slack Jack Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:58 Permalink

"Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem."Yo Alfonse, is that you?Al gore dumb fark, sadly from america?Saying humans cause global warming, is like saying a human fart spins a tornado faster.And a big problem?How about that fake sun up there turned up so darn high, it is producing record setting UV levels never before seen in this human history just to hide the small stars that are perturbing the sun causing massive solar reactions with tons of proton radiations coming out of it also blasting the planet. THIS IS A BIGGER PROBLEM, then human farts are or anything else “human caused.” Of course, a nuklear incident would admittedly be something that could change the world in a “big, big” way, but that would not be human caused, it would be evil bankster stooge things caused, and THEY are not human.Talk about a dumb farking idiot. Only you Al gore could be so stupid to think the rest of mankind is as stupid as you are.Real farkin stupid is thinking everyone is as stupid as you are. Go back to school, kid.

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Victory_Garden Slack Jack Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:58 Permalink

"Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem."Yo Alfonse, is that you?Al gore dumb fark, sadly from america?Saying humans cause global warming, is like saying a human fart spins a tornado faster.And a big problem?How about that fake sun up there turned up so darn high, it is producing record setting UV levels never before seen in this human history just to hide the small stars that are perturbing the sun causing massive solar reactions with tons of proton radiations coming out of it also blasting the planet. THIS IS A BIGGER PROBLEM, then human farts are or anything else “human caused.” Of course, a nuklear incident would admittedly be something that could change the world in a “big, big” way, but that would not be human caused, it would be evil bankster stooge things caused, and THEY are not human.Talk about a dumb farking idiot. Only you Al gore could be so stupid to think the rest of mankind is as stupid as you are.Real farkin stupid is thinking everyone is as stupid as you are. Go back to school, kid.

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Victory_Garden Slack Jack Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:58 Permalink

"Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem."Yo Alfonse, is that you?Al gore dumb fark, sadly from america?Saying humans cause global warming, is like saying a human fart spins a tornado faster.And a big problem?How about that fake sun up there turned up so darn high, it is producing record setting UV levels never before seen in this human history just to hide the small stars that are perturbing the sun causing massive solar reactions with tons of proton radiations coming out of it also blasting the planet. THIS IS A BIGGER PROBLEM, then human farts are or anything else “human caused.” Of course, a nuklear incident would admittedly be something that could change the world in a “big, big” way, but that would not be human caused, it would be evil bankster stooge things caused, and THEY are not human.Talk about a dumb farking idiot. Only you Al gore could be so stupid to think the rest of mankind is as stupid as you are.Real farkin stupid is thinking everyone is as stupid as you are. Go back to school, kid.

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swmnguy Ajax-1 Sat, 07/22/2017 - 13:04 Permalink

"Climate Gate" was an internal academic pissing match over research grants.  Once it got outside the academic community, all understanding of context was lost, and then--and only then--did it become useful to the petrochemicals industry's PR machine, who are the same people who used to work for the Tobacco lobby. 

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Golden Showers Slack Jack Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:15 Permalink

Dayum! You got shut down.Right now it's -33. But I know that's just because this is a masonic conspiracy.Just kidding.Sorry. When did ZH hire a weatherman?...Now here's Slack Jack-off with the weather!So tell me, Slack, is it going to be hawt? Why don't you do something and go to the pound and adopt a dog. I mean, really. You will save a life, gain a best friend forever, and maybe learn something about what you can do for another instead of acting the fool and talking shit.

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TimeTraveller Dsyno Fri, 07/21/2017 - 19:43 Permalink

and I'm surprsed by two things also,1) That Americans would be so happy as to let their government decide which countries they can or can not travel to , under threat they'll revoke your passport so you can't travel to any country. AND,2) That these same dumbass Americans still think that this is the Land of the Free. 

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Mr 9x19 armada (not verified) Sat, 07/22/2017 - 05:09 Permalink

smart move from usa would not be to attack directly NK but as usual, make a decoy.

i suggest to attack japan or south korea as false flag as usual then immediately announce a counter offensive to defend those attacked, to get free hand at U.N to shoot kimmy the fat freely and instauring democracy
[ hand on heart meme, chick up, jaw tighten, look far, dick hard ]

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Raging Debate Akzed Fri, 07/21/2017 - 20:06 Permalink

Akzed - He is referring to astrology and solar cycles which this metaphysics is based. Cultures pointing to 2012 and big changes ag the end of the era of Pices which is that symbol Christians put on there cars but geberally dont know what it means. That is correlated to Chist and there use of explaining future events such as 'I am with you until the end of this age or Aeon which is a long solar cycle which began in 37 AD and ends in 2012 (roughly). Man is at the end of his evolution just by looking at science. Or Christ saying 'I am not of this world' (meaning I am an alien) or trasnforming himself into a being of light in front of Apostles. Classic death in the next 40 years will be no more. That ties into Revelations, John of Patmos. The Chinese Zodiac in 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. It is referenced by the Maya as a time of the Serpent or Dragon. Note Chinese world rise to power. Also referenced in Revelations. There are Hindi, Hopi Indians and other metaphysics referencing this time frame as being an end of how man exists or simply 'the end'.This information is more useful when tied to modern physics, rise of AI and other techs that finish man evolving from a bio mechanical shell to energy to exist as energy such as a Dynosphere like the Matrix but hopefully without the horror. That is also called the Metaverse 2.0 where virtual reality is 1.0 right now. The new show Year Million does a great job of discussing where tech is and going the next 40 years. Highly entertaining too, well produced. It is a deep subject people often do not wish to engage in while many people do like science fiction and could get that piece they do not like history to correlate visions of metaphysics to today. Those prophesies, astrology and visions being ESP (extra sensory perception) which is usually brought on by divestive disorders forcing the body to replace chemicals with adrenaline and dopamine. Your best musicians and scientists often being bi-polar. Your Avatar and screen name suggest you understand many of such things, at least the 'are we alone in the universe and do other beings interact with us' part. See, far too much info for many to want to connect dots on. And I am just scratching the surface.   

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Raging Debate ByTheCross Fri, 07/21/2017 - 19:42 Permalink

By the Cross - I upvoted you and studied these things. But connecting all the correlating dots requires voluminous information to explain to a general populace to be useful. It also requires belief in theory we arent alone in this universe. An understanding of physics and meta physics. A few knowing and preparing and to be ready to help neighbors as events unfold is your job. Knowledge is power and with power comes responsibility. Be a good Boy Scout, it will be enough to have a remnant get through this cycle. 

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Spike the Railroader ByTheCross Sat, 07/22/2017 - 09:09 Permalink

Red white and blue goes back 4000 years to the Egyptian Pharonic lines. The color coordination and pairing showed the alliances in mystery schools. Red and White were "Alchemical" and Rosecrucian.  Red and Blue Luceferian and Masonic. This is only one interpretation.  The pillars in buildings are simillar; 2 Pillars indicate Babylonian/Egyptian schools and 4-12 pillars are Grecian. Red and blue also represents the Hegelian Dialectic. Red being a human reaction and blue the elite answer or solution.

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