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Travel ban would slam university in North Korea

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Science  28 Jul 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6349, pp. 342
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6349.342

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2017 has been a tough year for North Korea's Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). The university, founded by a Korean-American and one of the isolated nation's top schools, was sucked into a political maelstrom this spring when the government arrested two Korean-Americans affiliated with the university. And now it's facing a potentially devastating blow: As Science went to press, the U.S. Department of State was preparing to impose a ban on travel by any U.S. passport holder to North Korea, effective next month. Some 40 PUST faculty and lecturers are U.S. citizens; the ban could leave administrators scrambling to find replacement faculty for the upcoming fall term. PUST Chancellor Chan-Mo Park sat down with Science to discuss recent developments.