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(AP) Google's executive chairman is heading to North Korea.


Eric Schmidt of Google is in Beijing and is scheduled to leave Monday on a commercial flight bound for a country considered to have the world's most restrictive Internet policies. He is part of a delegation led by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.


It is the first trip by an executive from the California-based Internet search provider to North Korea.


Richardson told The Associated Press that Schmidt is going as a private citizen and is interested in North Korea's economic issues and its use of social media. He did not elaborate.


Richardson says the delegation also plans to inquire about a Korean-American U.S. citizen detained there. Richardson says he hopes to lay the groundwork for the detainee to return home.


Associated Press
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