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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 10:45pm
PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson says his delegation currently in North Korea plans to push the communist country's leaders to halt missile launches and ask for more open internet access. Richardson calls the trip that began Monday "private and humanitarian."
The former governor who travelled with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, says the group is also asking for fair and humane treatment for an American citizen held in North Korea."We've been meeting with a variety of foreign affairs officials, internet officials, scientists, political leaders and the delegation has three messages. First, a moratorium on missile launches and no nuclear test. Secondly, the american detainee: treat him properly, give him proper justice, and then third, expand the internet, expand cell phones," said Richardson.
Schmidt, the highest profile U.S. business executive to visit North Korea since Kim Jong Un took power, has not spoken publicly about the reasons behind his journey to North Korea.