State Department criticizes Google CEO’s North Korea visit

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, January 3, 2013 13:44 EDT
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Google chief executive Eric Schmidt speaks at a press conference in Seoul, September 27, 2012 (AFP:File, Jung Yeon-Je)
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WASHINGTON — The US State Department criticized Thursday a trip by Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Internet giant Google, and senior colleagues to visit North Korea’s isolated totalitarian regime.

“Frankly we don’t think the timing of this is particularly helpful,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, stressing the executives were traveling as private citizens. “They are not carrying any messages from us.”

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