Donald Trump issues travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in expanded ban

Donald Trump issues travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in expanded ban

Donald Trump issues travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in expanded ban

Updated 25 September 2017, 10:15 AEST

The US will prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea to America as part of a sweeping new travel ban that also slaps restrictions on Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia.

The United States will prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea to America as part of a sweeping new travel ban that also slaps restrictions on Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia.

The new restrictions, slated to go into effect on October 18, resulted from a review after President Donald Trump's original travel bans were challenged in court.

The addition of North Korea and Venezuela broadens the restrictions from the original, mostly Muslim-majority list.

"North Korea does not cooperate with the United States Government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements," the proclamation said.

An administration official, briefing reporters on a conference call, acknowledged that the number of North Koreans traveling to the US now was very low.

The restrictions rage from full travel bans on nationals from countries like Syria to more targeted restrictions.

A suspension of non-immigrant visas to citizens for Venezuela, for instance, applies only to senior government officials and their immediate families.

"As President, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people," the proclamation reads.

Officials stressed that valid visas would not be revoked as a result of the proclamation.

The order also permits case-by-case waivers.

More to come.

Reuters