SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea hasn’t reacted yet to newly announced U.S. travel restrictions on its citizens, but they are largely a symbolic measure for the North Asian country already under severe sanctions because of its nuclear weapons program.
Most or all of the North Koreans living in the United States are based at the country’s diplomatic mission to the United Nations.
The restrictions in the proclamation President Donald Trump signed Sunday include the suspension of all immigrant and non-immigrant visas for North Korean nationals. It would take effect next month.
South Korean analysts believe, though, the U.S. measure wouldn’t target North Korean diplomats.
Certain North Korean individuals are banned from traveling already due to sanctions imposed because of the country’s nuclear weapons program.
North Korea does not allow its own ordinary citizens to travel abroad except in special cases, like to work in overseas jobs that bring in foreign currency or to participate in international sporting events.