January 17, 2018 11:12
The U.S. government has warned citizens to draft a will and make funeral arrangements if they insist on visiting North Korea.
The U.S. State Department's website on Jan. 10 started advising travelers to prepare for the worst if they should visit the North, Voice of America reported Monday.
Americans should "draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney" and "discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.," the website added.
"The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in North Korea as it does not have diplomatic or consular relations" with the North, it said.
"Sweden serves as the protecting power for the United States in North Korea, providing limited emergency services." But North Korea "routinely delays or denies Swedish officials access to detained U.S. citizens," it warned.
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