Google Chairman North Korea Visit: Eric Schmidt Arrives with Bill Richardson

By on Jan 7, 2013 in International, Middle East, Politics, Technology, United States, World Comments
Google Chairman North Korea visit

Google Chairman in North Korea
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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt reportedly arrives in North Korea on Monday, January 7, 2013. Schmidt earlier said that he will visit the communist country as a private citizen together with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

Reports say that Schmidt, executive chairman of the internet’s number one search engine, took a commercial Air China flight.

Schmidt expressed his desire to personally see the status of North Korea‘s economy and social media despite being criticized by US officials.

The US government openly expressed their opposition to the four-day North Korea trip by the Google Executive Chairman. The US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that they don’t think “the timing of the visit is helpful, and they are well aware of our views.” North Korea‘s rocket launch last December 12, 2012 has been criticized by the Obama administration.

In a statement, Richardson explained their North Korea visit.

This is not a Google trip, but I’m sure he’s interested in some of the economic issues there, the social media aspect. So this is why we are teamed up on this.

We’ll meet with North Korean political leaders. We’ll meet with North Korean economic leaders, military. We’ll visit some universities. We don’t control the visit. They will let us know what the schedule is when we get there.

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