Pyongyang, North Korea (4E) – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Monday arrived in North Korea with former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson – a trip being called as a private humanitarian mission. Richardson, ex-U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said that this is not connected to the U.S. government.
Speaking from Beijing’s airport before flying to North Korea, Richardson said that they are going to the secretive nation on a bried two-to-three day visit.
“We may go outside the city. We will find out when we arrive,” he said. In Pyongyang, KCNA news agency described it as a visit by U.S. Google delegation under Richardson’s leadership.
The visit came just days before the trial of an American of Korean descent, Kenneth Bae, whose son sought Richardson’s help in resolving the matter. In the past two decades, Richardson has several times negotiated for held American citizens.
However, the U.S. State Department condemned the visit as it came a wrong time when the U.S. and the West are condemning North Korea over last month’s rocket launch.