Sen. Bob Corker of TN says US should consider North Korea travel ban

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to reporters as he leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the GOP majority led a change to the Senate rules and lower the vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority in order to advance Neil Gorsuch to a confirmation vote. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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.”

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