Effective Sept. 1, U.S. citizens will no longer be able to travel to North Korea. The State Department issued a warning Aug. 10, stating that “due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. citizens, the Secretary of State restricted the use of U.S. passports to travel into, in, or through North Korea effective Friday, September 1, 2017.”
At least 16 U.S. citizens have been detained in North Korea in the past ten years including Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old college student from Ohio who was imprisoned for nearly a year and a half for attempting to steal a poster. Warmbier was in a coma when he was finally returned to the U.S. and died just days later.
Despite the dire warnings and risks, intrepid Americans are rushing in droves to the beat the travel ban, according to CNN report. However, Pat Gray, Stu Burguiere and Jeffy Fisher were not among those who were undeterred. They discussed their reasons today on “Pat & Stu.”
“You're a student and you go there and you wind up getting killed for doing potentially nothing, or maybe stealing a poster,” said Stu. “I would think that someone who's a bit, maybe critical of the North Korean regime at times in his life, may not be welcome. So, I’m not going to wind up going."
“Are you saying you’re not going now?” a disappointed Jeffy asked Stu. “Because this was a highlight of my year…for you to go.”