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    Google’s Schmidt to Visit North Korea

    US Internet giant Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt speaks about the company's Nexus 7 tablet computer equipped with a 7-inch LCD display and a quad-core Tegra processor in its 340g body in Tokyo on September 25, 2012. Google said on September 25 it was launching its Nexus 7 tablet computer in Japan, aiming to take on Apple's iPad in one of the most lucrative markets in the world.  AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO        (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt announced Thursday he may travel to North Korea for a “private” visit—despite State Department opposition to the trip. Schmidt plans to accompany former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, though it is not clear when the trip is supposed to take place. The nature of the trip is also unclear, but it is suspected that the delegation intends to help secure the release of a detained U.S. citizen. But the U.S. State Department is against the trip because of North Korea’s recent launch of a long-range rocket. “Frankly, we don’t think the timing of this is particularly helpful, but they are private citizens and they are making their own decisions,” a State Department spokeswoman said, adding that Schmidt and Richardson “are well aware of our views.”

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