One of the most defining aspects of America's foreign policy right now is our relationship with North Korea. While Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has recently opened up talks with South Korea, it seems that there is still bitter tensions between us and the Asian dictatorship.
North Korea has been condemned by the international community as a totalitarian state, with restricted movement, free expression, and access to food for most of it's estimate 25 million member population.
The nation faces an extended famine, and the government holds control through the use of military force, including prison and labor camps and extra-judicial killings of unwanted persons.
While some people can, and do travel to North Korea, they require a special permit to do so.
Now, US officials have now issued a stark warning to all those would choose to travel to the regime.
The State Department recently published a notice on it's website with instructions for US citizens who are looking to travel to North Korea.
It recommends that travelers "Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney," and to "discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc."
This is a clear signal of the deteriorating relationship between the two powers. President Trump and Kim have exchanged public threats against each others' countries with the use of nuclear weapons.
However, there is hope. Supreme Leader Kim has reached out to South Korea to discuss relaxing their tensions, while Canada has announced that it will host peace talks between the United States and North Korea.
Last year, 22-year-old Otto Warmbier died after spending over a year in North Korean custody. The State Department hopes their warning prevents further deaths.