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US cool on Google's Eric Schmidt visiting North Korea

The US state department has said a planned visit to North Korea by Google chairman Eric Schmidt is unhelpful.

The reason for the trip has not yet been revealed, but reports say it is part of a humanitarian mission led by US politician Bill Richardson.

State department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: "We don't think the timing of this is particularly helpful."

Lucy Williamson reports.

  • 04 Jan 2013