U.S. weighing N. Korea travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering banning travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, as outrage grew over the death of American student Otto Warmbier and President Donald Trump declared it a “total disgrace.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has the authority to cut off travel to North Korea with the stroke of the pen, has been weighing such a move since late April, when American teacher Tony Kim was detained in Pyongyang, a senior State Department official said. No ban is imminent, but deliberations gained new urgency after Warmbier’s death, said the official, who requested anonymity.

Even as the family of Warmbier, who died at 22, prepared to mourn him at a public funeral service Thursday in Ohio, the circumstances behind his death remained unclear.

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