Richardson on visit to North Korea
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, left, is welcomed by a North Korean official upon his arrival at an airport in Pyongyang on Thursday. The photo was released by the North’s Korean Central News Agency yesterday. North Korea made a rare move by allowing a CNN anchor to accompany Richardson for the trip, fueling speculation that the regime would make more revelations during the U.S. politician’s visit. Wolf Blitzer, anchor for CNN’s “The Situation Room,” reported on the CNN Web site Thursday that he was covering Richardson’s four-day visit.
Richardson said in Beijing before flying to Pyongyang that he hopes to visit the Yongbyon nuclear facility to see the light-water nuclear reactor that the North had claimed to be building.
A former U.S. ambassador to the UN, Richardson traveled to North Korea in the 1990s to secure the release of American prisoners. He also visited Pyongyang in 2007 to bring back the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War. [YONHAP]