WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says the U.S. government should consider banning Americans from visiting North Korea.
He tells The Associated Press that “It puts us in a really precarious situation when Americans are detained” in North Korea.
Corker is the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old American college student, died Monday just days after North Korea released him from detention in a coma. He had arrived in Ohio on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.
Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was convicted of subversion.
Corker says the U.S. should think about a North Korea travel ban because “trumped-up charges like this can continue to happen.”