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The State Department warns U.S. citizens to stay away from North Korea. Why hundreds go anyway every year

The State Department warns U.S. citizens to stay away from North Korea. Why hundreds go anyway every year

North Korea, obviously, isn’t a tourist destination for American families.

The reclusive totalitarian state has an abysmal human rights record, impoverished residents and an illicit nuclear weapons program — and it has detained numerous visitors over the years.

Yet hundreds of American tourists still go there legally each year, despite the risks and strong warnings by the U.S. State Department not to do so.

These tourists are people such as Shalin Mody, an investor from Pittsburgh — young adventure-seekers who’ve already traveled the world and are curious to explore one of the world’s least-understood societies, according...

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