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In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson responded to the U.S. State Department concerns about his upcoming trip to North Korea with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. The trip is described as a "private humanitarian visit."
"I understand why they're cautious. This is a very sensitive time in diplomacy with North Korea," Richardson said, "but I felt that this time because of the humanitarian nature of the trip, the fact that there's an American detainee there... I think it's important that we go."
The full interview airs Friday during the 5pm ET hour of "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" on CNN.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's U.N. address.
Washington (CNN) - Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is going to Cuba on Wednesday to try to negotiate the release of jailed American contractor Alan Gross, CNN has learned.
The exclusive report by CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" said Richardson was invited by the Cuban government for the specific mission of trying to negotiate the release of Gross. Richardson is expected to spend "the next few days" in Havana, Blitzer reported.