WASHINGTON, USA/BEIJING, China – Jan. 7 (Yonhap) – Even with the advice from the government of United States of America, Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt still went to North Korea on Monday.
According to a reliable source, the delegation is expected to arrive at Sunan International Airport late in the afternoon with CA121 Air China Flight.
Richard: Humanitarian Mission
“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,” Richardson said without elaborating on what he meant by the “social media aspect.”
“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,” he said.
Richardson also said the delegation plans to inquire about a Korean-American U.S. citizen detained in North Korea.
“We’re going to try to inquire the status, see if we can see him, possibly lay the groundwork for him coming home,” Richardson said. “I heard from his son who lives in Washington state, who asked me to bring him back. I doubt we can do it on this trip.”