The United States will prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea to the United States as part of a sweeping new travel ban that also slaps restrictions on Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia, the Trump administration said on Sunday.
The new restrictions, slated to go into effect on October 18, resulted from a review after President Donald Trump’s original travel bans were challenged in court.
The addition of North Korea and Venezuela broadens the restrictions from the original, mostly Muslim-majority list.
The new restrictions, slated to go into effect on October 18, resulted from a review after President Donald Trump’s original travel bans were challenged in court
‘North Korea does not cooperate with the United States government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements,’ the proclamation said.
An administration official, briefing reporters on a conference call, acknowledged that the number of North Koreans traveling to the United States now was very low.
The White House press release reads: ‘As President, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people.
‘I am committed to our ongoing efforts to engage those countries willing to cooperate, improve information-sharing and identity-management protocols and procedures, and address both terrorism-related and public-safety risks.
‘Some of the countries with remaining inadequacies face significant challenges.
‘Others have made strides to improve their protocols and procedures, and I commend them for these efforts.
‘But until they satisfactorily address the identified inadequacies, I have determined, on the basis of recommendations from the Secretary of Homeland Security and other members of my Cabinet, to impose certain conditional restrictions and limitations.’