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  • U.S.: time not right for Google executive's North Korea trip

    Published 01/03/2013 13:22:17

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, and New Mexico's former governor, Bill Richardson, to make a planned trip to North Korea.

    "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, which raised tensions in the region.

    She said both men were well aware of U.S. concerns about the timing of their planned trip.

    (Reporting Arshad Mohammed; Editing Sandra Maler)

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