Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement on the death of Otto Warmbier:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Warmbier family.  Over these past 18 months they’ve endured incredible pain and suffering, all because their son allegedly took a poster off a hotel wall in Pyongyang.  I hope, someday soon, they can look beyond this senseless killing and find peace.     

“Otto’s father is right: travel propaganda lures far too many people to North Korea.  This is a regime that regularly kidnaps foreign citizens and keeps 120,000 North Koreans in barbaric gulags.  The United States should ban tourist travel to North Korea.”