July 12, 2017 Robert King—
Testimony by Ambassador Robert King American Leadership in the Asia-Pacific, Part 3: Promoting Democracy, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy Mr. Chairman; Senator Markey; Members of the Committee: Thank you for the invitation…
June 26, 2017 Robert King—
The tragic death of Otto Warmbier has again raised the question of whether travel to North Korea ought to be prohibited by the United States government. Prohibiting travel by Americans to North Korea has been talked about for some time, primarily on Capitol Hill. Arguments for a travel ban are (1) to protect the safety and wellbeing of American citizens; and (2) travel is a source of hard currency for the Kim regime which goes to the “royal economy” for imported French cognac and luxury automobiles for the young leader, as well as to fund nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.