TASS does not have any official comments from the U.S. authorities.
Travel and tourism officials have voiced concerns about the potentially devastating impact the North Koreanuclear attack evacuation drills could have on the state's largest source of income.
The Reuters agency reported that information on the prepared ban had been confirmed by China's Koryo Tours operator that also organizes trips to North Korea.
"The Secretary has authorized a Geographical Travel Restriction on all USA citizen nationals' use of a passport to travel in, through, or to North Korea", Nauert stated.
After the death of Mr Warmbier, the China-based Young Pioneer Toursannounced it would no longer take visitors from the United States to the country. His deteriorating condition promoted North Korea to release him back to the United States, where he died days later.
Dandong Zhicheng Metallic Material is the largest importer of North Korean coal in China, handling about 9 percent of all coal from North Korea, according to C4ADS, a USA research organization.
Among the Chinese companies to be targeted are major ones that import North Korean coal and dispatch workers from the isolated nation, according to several sources within the USA government as well as those knowledgeable about U.S.
The North Koreans had told USA officials that Warmbier slipped in a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.
U.S. Army veteran Brian Sayler, 40, who travelled to North Korea for six days in May, said he opposed the pending ban.
Mr Cockerell told the BBC the agency would still conduct tours and take Americans until the ban came into effect.
The twin proposals are the first concrete steps towards rapprochement with North since South Korea in May elected President Moon Jae-in, who favours greater engagement with Pyongyang. Westerners make up 5 percent of total visitors, Americans about 20 percent of the Western contingent, according to statistics. He had been sentenced to 15 years with hard labour for subversion.
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