North Korea detained an American citizen in mid-May for the crime of leaving a Bible in his hotel room. Oh the horror! Talk about a ridiculous reason to be taken in.
The man, Jeffrey Edward Fowle was being questioned by authorities for conduct inappropriate for the purpose of his visit as a tourist. He was detained just before he was supposed to leave North Korea.
I’ve long wanted to visit North Korea but maybe it’s better not to according to a new travel warning from the U.S. State Department. According to the Washington Post- the State Department strongly advised against visiting the North and warned about arbitrary arrests, long-term detention and punishment or expulsion for “activities that would not be considered criminal outside North Korea.”
If given the chance to visit North Korea, I don’t think that I’d turn down the opportunity despite the travel warning.
Find out more in the Washington Post article here.