Foreigners should always stay out of North Korea. By traveling there, after all, tourists provide financial support to a manifestly evil regime. Moreover, they put themselves at risk – two American tourists are currently being held hostage there. (A third was released from captivity just this week.)
Happily, the North Korean regime appears to agree with my advice. This week, Pyongyang suspended all tourism to the country due to fears about Ebola. The ghoulish misery-mongers who facilitate travel to North Korea were upset by the news. “We are still hopeful we will be able to run the three tours we have scheduled for the remainder of 2014," one Nick Bonner of Koryo Tours told Reuters.
But presumably nobody is more upset at the latest developments than Mr. North Korea himself, former New Mexico governor and U.N. ambassador Bill Richardson, who has traveled there on multiple occasions and who apparently can't get enough of the place. Spare a thought for the portly former diplomat: I'm guessing his Christmas vacation plans have now been ruined.