There has been plenty of speculation regarding the Trump administration’s plans to incapacitate North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, and a recent warning to U.S. national abroad indicates that the time is near for action.
The saga of this latest North Korean escalation began just as President Trump was being inaugurated, with Kim Jong Un threatening an “inauguration surprise” for the incoming Commander in Chief. That surprise turned out to be one of several ballistic missile tests by the hermit kingdom in the ensuing weeks, including a share of failures and one alarming success in which the first ever North Korean ICBM was unleashed. Estimates of that weapon’s range vary from “could maybe hit Alaska” to “Definitely able to obliterate Los Angeles”. In the time since that latest test was conducted, a great many more threats have been made by the diminutive despot of the DPRK, including promises to turn the U.S. into “ash”.
This has certainly been weighing on the mind of the President, tasked with protecting our nation above all, and it has been believed that action by the U.S. in now imminent. A warning issued today seems to corroborate that theory.
“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.”
Americans traveling to North Korea had long been subjected to strange rules and even stranger propaganda, but this internally-propagated ban on travel has some believing that a U.S. strike is imminent.
Beyond the incessant military posturing of Kim Jong Un in regard to the United States, the tiny Asian nation has a longstanding history of horrific human rights abuses, including the continued use of Holocaust-style concentration camps such as the one inhabited by Otto Warmbier for 15 days before falling into a coma. Over a year later, North Korea returned Warmbier to the United States, brain dead, sparking an international row between the two adversaries.