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Would you be a tourist in North Korea? Americans have visited for this event

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Did you know Americans have visited North Korea for an annual marathon in Pyongyang along with other international tourists? North Koreans dress up to sit quietly in the stadium and watch each April.

American runners flocked to the event in the past, but tourism has obviously taken a hit since the U.S. State Department has issued a ban on Americans visiting the hermit kingdom. Doc Thompson and the guys talked about why North Korea is fascinating and discussed whether or not they’d want to visit on Wednesday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”

While Doc thought it would be “amazing” to see North Korea for himself, he knew he would worry about doing any small wrong thing and facing retaliation from North Korean authorities.

After being accused of stealing a propaganda poster from a North Korean hotel, U.S. student Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor and detained in the country. He was returned to his family in a coma after a year and a half and died in June while finally home in Chicago.

North Korea has been growing as a threat for decades, with tensions escalating in the past few months as leader Kim Jong Un threatens the U.S. and allies with nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously last weekend to approve crippling economic sanctions against North Korea. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” if threats against the U.S. continue.

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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