US says all citizens should go to North Korea

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The US has said all its citizens should resume trips to North Korea, despite heightened tensions following the firing of a missile by the US ally.

Flights between the US and North Korea have resumed.

However a full-scale US tour programme had to be suspended shortly after President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Amid tensions with North Korea, the US closed many of its diplomatic and consular operations.

“All US citizens should do everything possible to ensure their safety,” said the Department of State in a statement.

“We regret any inconvenience this may cause US citizens, but this is a step we believe is necessary to continue the careful preparations that are necessary to ensure the security of Americans abroad,” it added.

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“The department is in close contact with the United States Customs and Border Protection and all other government agencies,” it added.

“We remain dedicated to supporting Americans in the host country.”

Once the US tourist visa processing process is complete, the department said Americans should remain “vigilant and remember to contact their embassy if there is a problem.”

Tensions have increased in recent weeks after a US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Carl Vinson left its bases in the Pacific and began several weeks of activities near the Korean peninsula.

Earlier this week US officials ordered 400 US citizens to leave North Korea.

In an unusual message to North Koreans, Trump wrote that “no place is more isolated” from the world than North Korea and the US “will never let you down”.

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