Richardson: I Tried to Help American Stuck in N. Korea

He returns from trip with Google CEO Eric Schmidt

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 11, 2013 4:28 PM CST

(Newser) – Bill Richardson and Eric Schmidt have returned from North Korea without much to brag about, Reuters reports. Richardson was unable to meet with imprisoned Korean-American Kenneth Bae, but did give authorities a letter from Bae's son. "They said they would provide that to him," said the former UN ambassador. Richardson and Google CEO Schmidt made the trip to North Korea to discuss Bae's internment and promote a free and open Internet. Richardson said he learned that proceedings against Bae will begin soon.

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, center, is surrounded by journalists as he walks into the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.
Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, center, is surrounded by journalists as he walks into the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is interviewed by journalists after arriving at Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is interviewed by journalists after arriving at Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013   (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, second from right, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, leave after their meeting at a hotel in Beijing Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.
Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, second from right, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, leave after their meeting at a hotel in Beijing Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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