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Old 01-05-2015, 08:43 AM
 
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to not to visit a country because of the political system is laughable. Don't know why some people are as childish and hypocritical as this.

I don't travel to Texas because there is death penalty?
Eh, I think it depends on the country. I wouldn't visit North Korea. I don't think most people in their right mind would.
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Eh, I think it depends on the country. I wouldn't visit North Korea. I don't think most people in their right mind would.
That's a safety issue, not a political issue.
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:40 AM
 
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That's a safety issue, not a political issue.
this is so ignorant. Safety? You mean North Korea is a dangerous country prone to crime?

Besides a few unstable S American/African countries such as Venezuela etc, it is actually pretty hard to find a country more dangerous than the US.

Have you been to N Korea? Have you done research on N Korea? So in your mind, because it is backwater dictatorship, it must be dangerous? What will happen, the government all of sudden shoot at you? For as far as I know, most of parts of Cuba are much safer than typical American cities such as Chicago, DC and San Francisco.

People don't visit N Korea because it has little to see. But to say it is a safety issue is pure western ignorance - undemocratic countries must be more dangerous than democratic countries!
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:44 AM
 
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Eh, I think it depends on the country. I wouldn't visit North Korea. I don't think most people in their right mind would.
that's only your preference. N Korea doesn't have much in terms of tourism to offer to start with. But is it because of politics? How much do you know about North Korea? And what political reasons make it unfit for visiting?

Like in any country, if you live by local laws and rules, you will be just fine. I know at least 3 people who have been to North Korea and nothing bad happened to them.
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:32 PM
 
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I'm definitely going to visit Cuba in the next few years. I want to wait a little bit before making concrete plans in case the thawing relationship between the US and Cuba will allow for more independent travel, but will go with an educational group if necessary. I visited China when I was young (early 1990's) and would love to go back and see how much has changed. I don't have much interest in visiting North Korea - I'm not the type to break, or even bend, the rules, so I'm not overly concerned about my personal safety. I just don't want to put the time and money into an official N Korea sanctioned tour (IMHO the only "safe" way for a US citizen to visit) when the tours are basically propaganda shows for Kim Jung-Un.
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Austin
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this is so ignorant. Safety? You mean North Korea is a dangerous country prone to crime?

Besides a few unstable S American/African countries such as Venezuela etc, it is actually pretty hard to find a country more dangerous than the US.

Have you been to N Korea? Have you done research on N Korea? So in your mind, because it is backwater dictatorship, it must be dangerous? What will happen, the government all of sudden shoot at you? For as far as I know, most of parts of Cuba are much safer than typical American cities such as Chicago, DC and San Francisco.

People don't visit N Korea because it has little to see. But to say it is a safety issue is pure western ignorance - undemocratic countries must be more dangerous than democratic countries!
Your post is so ignorant. Countries that hate westerners are dangerous. You will never see me on TV being beheaded in Iran. I won't give N Korea the opportunity to imprison me.

I didn't say crime. It's their governments that are dangerous.
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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this is so ignorant. Safety? You mean North Korea is a dangerous country prone to crime?
Yes. From agents of the government there. You are subject to being involuntarily detained for no know reason, and consular services are not available to help get you out.

In contrast, the USA has had a huge embassy in Cuba in everything but name for a really long time. It's a six story building that's officially the "United States Interests Section of the Embassy of Switzerland".

If you want that 1950s dictatorship futurist city of glory feel, try Astana, Kazakhstan instead. They're courting American tourists and American investment right now, and have full diplomatic and relatively pleasant relations with any country that counts.
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:23 AM
 
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A kind of "friendly" N Korea of the Caribbean, ruled by the Castro dynasty instead of the Kim dynasty. No reason whatsoever to go there.(and their anti americanism is a joke : why would they allow a giant US base on their territory (Guantanamo) if The Castro thugs hadn't secret treaties with the US, long before Obama announced the end of sanctions.
Although I'm not against that, sanctions are counter-productive, and should be scrapped for any country,not just maverick Cuba.
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Old 01-06-2015, 07:15 AM
 
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Your post is so ignorant. Countries that hate westerners are dangerous. You will never see me on TV being beheaded in Iran. I won't give N Korea the opportunity to imprison me.

I didn't say crime. It's their governments that are dangerous.
N Korea has no interested in beheading you.
Those countries don't "hate" western countries. It is western countries who simply can't tolerate different political systems. You have it totally backwards.
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Old 01-06-2015, 07:21 AM
 
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It is western countries who simply can't tolerate different political systems. You have it totally backwards.

I believe it goes both way, unfortunately.
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