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The United States will bar Americans from travelling to North Korea in the coming weeks, two travel agencies said Friday, a month after U.S. student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Stalinist regime.
Axar.az reports citing Daily Sabah.
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.
Warmbier was arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for an incident at his hotel where he was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner.
North Korea released him in June in a coma and he died days after getting back to the United States at the age of 22. The circumstances surrounding his death are not clear, including why he fell into a coma.
North Korea has said through its state media that Warmbier's death was "a mystery" and dismissed accusations that he had died as a result of torture and beating in captivity.
The isolated state allows foreign tourists to visit but their travel is strictly limited.
2017.07.21 / 13:48