Joseph Dunford says Russia most military capable country of those posing threat to USWorld July 23, 4:57
Russia’s US envoy Kislyak steps down, his deputy to act as Charg d'Affaires ad interimRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 23, 1:33
Putin greets KamAZ-Master team - winner of Silk Way RallySport July 22, 15:20
Agreements on East Ghouta zone in Syria signed - Defense MinistryWorld July 22, 14:20
PAK FA offers practically unlimited opportunities to pilot - commanderMilitary & Defense July 22, 11:29
Ukraine's National Broadcasting Board issues fine to Public Radio for 0% Urkainian songsWorld July 22, 5:39
Femen movement activists faces 5 years in jail for trying to frustrate summit meetingWorld July 22, 4:38
Russian Deputy PM dismisses allegations he will arrive in Moldova on warplaneRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 22, 2:46
Russian top diplomat shares his impressions from meeting with US leaderRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 21, 20:31
PYONGYANG, January 8 (Itar-Tass) — Google chairman Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who arrived in North Korea on Monday, had a meeting on Tuesday at the North Korean Foreign Ministry and visited Kim Il Sung University and the Academy of Social Sciences.
Richardson said a meeting with North Korean diplomats had been frank and productive. On Wednesday the delegation will visit the Pyongyang Folk Park. It is expected that on January 10, Richardson and Schmidt will leave for Beijing, where they will possibly give a news conference for foreign reporters on their trip to North Korea.
In Pyongyang the American guests were accommodated at a residence designed for high-ranking foreign guests. Prior to the trip, Richardson said he wanted to meet with political and economic leaders as well as with military of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
During the trip the delegation also plans to inquire about a Korean-American US citizen, Pae Jun Ho, who was detained on November 3 in the city of Rason, “where he arrived with criminal goals,” as the Korean Central News Agency reported. KCNA said that during the investigation he had “admitted his guilt”. A staffer from the Swedish Embassy that represents the interests of the United States in the DPRK was allowed to meet with him. Pyongyang and Washington have no diplomatic relations.
Schmidt and Richardson arrived in Pyongyang despite objections of the American authorities who consider this visit untimely because of North Korea’s launch of a rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite on December 12. Washington says this was made in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
In the administration of Bill Clinton, Richardson occupied the posts of Energy Secretary and Permanent US Representative to the United Nations. In the past he repeatedly paid unofficial visits to North Korea.