23 Jul '17, 2am

Staying safe while on holiday in North Korea

SINGAPORE: North Korea is potentially an unusual and interesting destination for the intrepid traveller looking for a new experience, but there are some significant risks involved if you do not follow the country's rules and laws. Otto Frederick Warmbier, a 22-year-old student from the University of Virginia, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in North Korea for stealing a propaganda poster in January 2016. He was released after 17 months, but died a few days after he was medically evacuated to the United States. His parents said he had severe brain injuries after being brutalised in detention. Evidence has also emerged suggesting that Young Pioneer Tours, the tour group that arranged Warmbier’s trip, did not do enough to mitigate the risks of visiting the country. The Associated Press published an article that exposed the “gung-ho” culture of the tour agency, which ...

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