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After N. Korea visit, Richardson urges dialogue

Former US ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson urged the United States on Saturday to engage in dialogue with North Korea, but only if Pyongyang refrains from further nuclear tests and missile launches. Richardson, a former New Mexico governor, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt visited North Korea last month in an unsuccessful bid to free Kenneth Bae, an American of Korean descent, who is being held in North Korea. Upon his return, Richardson has concluded that the lack of direct dialogue between the US and North Korea is not helping Washington achieve its goals.

After NKorea visit, Richardson urges dialogue

Former US ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson urged the United States Saturday to engage in dialogue with North Korea, but only if Pyongyang refrains from further nuclear tests and missile launches. Richardson, a former New Mexico governor, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt paid a visit to North Korea last month in an unsuccessful bid to free Kenneth Bae, an American of Korean descent, who is being held in North Korea.

After NKorea visit, Richardson urges dialogue

Former US ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson urged the Unites States Saturday to engage in dialogue with North Korea, but only if Pyongyang refrains from further nuclear tests and missile launches. Richardson, a former New Mexico governor, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt paid a visit to North Korea last month in an unsuccessful bid to free Kenneth Bae, an American of Korean descent, who is being held in North Korea.

Richardson delivered letter for detained American in N.Korea

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson delivered a letter for an imprisoned American to officials in North Korea during his trip there this week. Richardson was unable meet with Korean-American Kenneth Bae, a 44-year-old tourist who was detained in North Korea late last year, but he said he was able to give a letter from Bae's son to authorities. "I delivered the letter to North Korean officials," Richardson told Reuters on Friday. "They said they would provide that to him."

UPDATE 2-US's Richardson says didn't meet detained American on North Korea trip

* Trip criticised by U.S. State Department * Richardson unable to meet detained Korean-American * Schmidt says North Korea will remain isolated without Internet * Google exec chairman says technology "very limited" in North Korea By Michael Martina

UPDATE 2-US: Time not right for Google executive's North Korea trip

* Schmidt a top figure in U.S. technology industry * Purpose of trip unclear, but visit seen as private * Washington, allies trying to intensify U.N. sanctions By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to visit North Korea, which drew international criticism for a rocket launch last month.
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