US Orders All Passport Holders Out Of North Korea After September 1

Having issued an indirect travel alert "urging" US national to "depart immediately" from North Korea two weeks ago, the US State Department has escalated their perspective on US citizens' travel to, in, or through North Korea dramatically by declaring all U.S. passports invalid for travel, implicitly ordering all Americans out of North Korea from September 1st 2017.



Notice of passport travel restriction.




The Department of State is declaring all U.S. passports invalid for travel to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) unless the travel meets certain criteria.




The travel restriction is in effect on September 1, 2017.




Anita Mody, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Passport Services, Office of Legal Affairs, 202-485-6500.




The Department of State has determined that the serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention represents imminent danger to the physical safety of United States nationals traveling to and within the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), within the meaning of 22 CFR 51.63(a)(3). Therefore, pursuant to the authority of 22 U.S.C. 211a and Executive Order 11295 (31 FR 10603), and in accordance with 22 CFR 51.63(a)(3), all United States passports are declared invalid for travel to, in, or through the DPRK unless specially validated for such travel, as specified at 22 CFR 51.64. The restriction on travel to the DPRK shall be effective 30 days after publication of this Notice, and shall remain in effect for one year unless extended or sooner revoked by the Secretary of State.

The announcement comes as tensions continue to rise - and accelerate - over North Korea and its missile program, and just days after both North Korea and the US exchanged very symbolic ICBM test launches. Also, on Tuesday Senator Lindsey Graham said that President Donald Trump is considering war on North Korea if it continues its missile tests and nuclear weapons program.

And with US and China now trading barbs directly, with the smell of trade war in the air, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement that

“China and Russia bear unique and special responsibility for this growing threat” posed by North Korea as they are the “principal economic enablers” of the country.

China’s President Xi Jinping responded, in his highly anticipated speech at the 90th-anniversary celebration of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday, directing the military — which he heads — to be prepared for a military engagement at any time.

“Xi also asked the military to focus on preparations for war, and urged its leaders to improve capabilities in modern warfare and combat readiness. The military should be ready to win a war whenever needed, he said.


“As commander-in-chief of China’s military, Xi said that with the unprecedented changes happening around the world, China’s armed forces are the bottom line guarantee for defending peace and security.”

Though he did not point to any situations specifically that would require China’s military to be at a default state of readiness for war, it’s difficult to imagine that Xi wasn’t referring chiefly to heightening tensions over North Korea.

Which leaves one question - what does the State Department know about September 1st? Here's one suggestion: with no US aircraft carriers currently off the Korean coast, as both departed in recent weeks

... it will take at least 2-3 weeks before they reassemble within striking distance of North Korea. September 1 should leave a comfortable cushion of time before the inevitable "next steps."


micksavage2010 Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:24 Permalink

land of the free? can tell me where i can travel cuz they have a hardon for war? like with cuba for how long? and now i'm not able to travel out of the country unless i get facial recog software run on my ugly mug. yep, that's a freedumb luving amerikkan these daze.

blue51 (not verified) Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:32 Permalink

what does the State Department know about September 1st?  That they have ten days until showtime .

OliverAnd Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:36 Permalink

The day the war starts, within 3-4 days the global population will have decreased by at least 30 million people...  the exact amount killed in WWII in 5 years.

AurorusBorealus JLee2027 Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:59 Permalink

N. Korea will not be weaponless 20 minutes after the war begins.  It has extensive experience weathering a U.S. bombing campaign.  Most of the country was reduced to a pile of rubble during the Korean war.  Every major city was leveled.  The media never reported on this in the U.S. less the U.S. population come to realize that their military were nothing but a bunch of mass-murdering psychopaths who plotted the deaths of tens of millions of civilians.  In those days, the Nazis, the Japs, and the Russians were the bad guys for killing civilians: not the U.S. air force, which killed as many civilians as all of these countries combined during WWII.The entire N. Korean economy and military moved into underground complexes during the Korean War.  The effect of the bombing campaign on N. Korea was profound.  First, they came to hate the U.S.: everyone in the entire country, since nearly everyone lost everything to the bombing,  Second, they learned that in order to fight the U.S., they must have massive underground defense stockpiles and reserves, preserved from strategic bombing.  In the past 60 years, N. Korea has been expanding their underground compounds.  That is why there is no electricity, infrastructure, or economy exists in N. Korea.  They have used every resource to fortify themselves against U.S. bombing attacks.The only way to get at these underground complexes is with high-mega-ton ground-burst nuclear strikes, which will throw massive amounts of radioactive dust into the air over Japan, into the Pacific Ocean, and into the jetstream to fall on the U.S. west coast.  Not a big deal, since the U.S., Canada, and Japan have all recently elevated the amounts of radioactive contaminants that they believe are safe for human beings.  So... the only way to fight N. Korea, the American way (i.e. by murdering millions and millions of people in firebombing campaigns), is with nuclear weapons.  You want to risk a nucler war over this short, fat, goofball in N. Korea?  Only Americans can be that stupid.

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AurorusBorealus rls9642 Wed, 08/02/2017 - 23:10 Permalink

I took a poll of people in my neighborhood.  Zero... no one... nadie... feels threatened by North Korea.  In fact, I doubt that any single person in my entire country feels threatened by North Korea.  In fact, I do not remember, at any point in the entire history of human civilization, when anyone who lived here was ever threatened by anyone who lived in North Korea.  I wonder why that is and why you do feel threatened by them.  Maybe it is because you live in a country that mass murders millions and millions and millions of people, and everyone in the world feels threatened by your war-mongering... EVeryone.

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ThrowAwayYourTV Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

Lets just do it. Lets just put a south korean government on the chinese border and be done with it. Its good for everyone, the nort koreans, the sud koreans, the chinese, the mexicans, the russians, the indians, the french and italians, the japanese. The fucking bank of america, goldnsacks, morgan stanley, and the i....m....fucking F!.  Everyone!Fuck! what are we going to be the little league or the major league here or what? Send the pipsqueak to be with his ole man who used to be a baby delivered by a stalk and reincarnated as a tree at the bridge of no return, and lets call it a day.SHIT! This world is fucked up!  

max_leering Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

well, let's see if I got this right... J. McDumbshit and his tranny gf Linda G. are hell-bent on war... and now that McDumbshit and tranny gf are in charge of foreign policy (they totally de-nutted DJT) you can be advised, by hook or by crook, something is going to go KABLOOOOOOOEY in east Asia

Yen Cross Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

  This means Rodman is going to have to start vacationing in Somalia, Darfur/Sudan, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, South Africa, or one of the other freedom loving Dictatorships in the world.

WTFUD Son of Captain Nemo Wed, 08/02/2017 - 22:12 Permalink

Thanks Captain! Can you Adam & Eve it, that a certain country called Saudi Wahhabi ( & Advisers, arming them to the teeth, the usual suspects ) is responsible for a Meningitis & Cholera outbreak in Yemen, not to mention the bombing of schools & hospitals and other Genocide but yet PRK who've killed but a dozen Vichy DC/Mossad/British spies in the last 10 years are being threatened with WAR.

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Son of Captain Nemo WTFUD Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:16 Permalink

Ask DT why he did this to Yemen (and is still doing it) that question?

The only reason why he backed out of Syria is that he is getting his proverbial ass "hammered" and in turn is taking the little shop of horrors threat to DPRK because China and Russia ain't in the marker for buying moar toxic U.S. T-bills!

Only trouble with his latest threat is that he's confronting the nuclear superpowers at the "front door" instead of going through the window or storm cellar which is certainly more provocative... But hey DT and friends are fucking desperate, and all they have left to keep them going is that petrodollar that ain't gettin it done anymore -especially through idle threats.

Hope that fixed it for you!!!

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Son of Captain Nemo ToSoft4Truth Wed, 08/02/2017 - 21:18 Permalink

Isn't it funny about the "divide and conquer" business that the U.S. has been involved in with sovereign countries since Korea and how well it's ALWAYS worked out?...

North and South Vietnam reunified (because the U.S. lost the war)...

East and West Germany reunified only to be threatened with major economic sanctions 27 years later for doing business with countries the U.S. tells them they can't do business with pissing them off with the potential of totally disintegrating EU and the Euro...

North and South Korea on the verge of a war being instigated by the U.S. government because China is mass dumping their U.S. Treasury holdings and buying up commodities right and left along with the Russians instead of buying more U.S. Treasuries. The South Koreans elect an anti-American President after a corrupt American influenced President is thrown out determined to use their ally as target practice because they aren't getting their way with the two that sit right above North Korea just cited that have all that "wealth"

To the U.S.'s credit, we have a perfect track record of getting it always wrong and totally "fucking it up" with no equal(s)!!!

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