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North Korea Travel Ban Goes into Effect

September 6, 2017

On September 1, a ban on U.S. travel to North Korea went into effect, prohibiting the use of U.S. passports to enter the DPRK except under limited circumstances. The State Department had formally announced the measure a month before it took effect, citing the “serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention” while traveling to the country. ... | Read More

U.S. provides first humanitarian aid to North Korea in five years

January 26, 2017

South Korean newspaper Hankyoreh reveals that President Obama provided humanitarian aid earmarked for flood relief through the United Nations to North Korea just before leaving office. The article notes that the provision of aid could provide needed momentum to reset US-DPRK relations by the new Trump administration.

The US government has reportedly sent humanitarian aid earmarked for flood relief to North Korea’s North Hamgyong Province via the UN. ... | Read More

H.Con.Res.40 - Encouraging reunions of divided Korean American families

November 30, 2016

On November 29, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed joint resolution H.Con.Res.40, encouraging North Korea to allow Korean Americans to meet with their families in North Korea. The timely resolution comes as the 114th Congress enters the last few weeks of its 2nd and final session and, more importantly, as many of the 100,000 divided Korean American families pass away. ... | Read More

Flooding in North Hamgyong Province

September 7, 2016

Heavy rains from Typhoon Lionrock have reportedly caused significant flood damage in North Korea's North Hamgyong province, particularly in areas along the Tumen River, which forms part of North Korea's border with China. ... | Read More