Exclusive: Richardson pressing NKorean test ban

4:22 AM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
Eric Schmidt (r), executive chairman of Google, and Bill Richardson (l), former New Mexico Governor, Beijing, China
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says his delegation is pressing North Korea to adhere to a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests and allow more cell phones and an open Internet for its citizens.

Richardson told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview in Pyongyang on Wednesday that the group is also asking for fair and humane treatment of an American citizen detained in North Korea.

Richardson is accompanied by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and the director of the Google Ideas think tank, Jared Cohen, on what they have called a private, humanitarian trip.

Their high-profile visit comes just weeks after North Korea launched a long-range rocket to send a satellite into space. Washington has condemned the launch as a banned test of missile technology.

Associated Press

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