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01-03-13, 03:46 PM #1
State Dept wary of North Korea visit by Google executivesThe U.S. State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to travel to North Korea.State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said Schmidt and Richardson would be traveling as private citizens, not representatives of the U.S. government."Frankly, we don't think the timing of this is particularly helpful," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters, citing North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket in December. "They are well aware of our views."
"We are obviously aware of the trip that has been announced," she said, later correcting herself to say that the department was aware of media reports about the trip."They are private citizens. They are traveling in an unofficial capacity," she said. "They are not going to be accompanied by any U.S. officials. They are not carrying any messages from us. They are private citizens and they are making their own decisions."
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