US raps Google chairman over North Korea visit
The US has said the time was not right for Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and former diplomat Bill Richardson to visit North Korea, which drew international criticism for a rocket launch last month.
"Frankly, we don't think the timing of this is particularly helpful, but they are private citizens and they are making their own decisions," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
Nuland said the US Government has seen media reports of the North Korea trip of the Schmidt and Richardson.
"We don't think the timing of the visit is helpful, and they’re well aware of our views," she said.