US criticised over North Korea visit

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is set to visit North Korea. Credit: PA Wire

The US has criticised a decision by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to visit North Korea.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: "Frankly, we don't think the timing of this is particularly helpful," citing North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket in December.

She said Schmidt and Richardson would be travelling as private citizens, not representatives of the US Government.

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US attacks Google's N Korea trip

The US has criticised a decision by Google executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to visit North Korea despite sanctions on the country. The pair claim it is a "private humanitarian visit."