Eric Schmidt Talks About North Korea Trip [Video]

    January 10, 2013
    Chris Crum
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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s trip to North Korea has ended, and he took the time to address the press about it.

It remains unclear just how productive the trip was, but he and his companions, which included former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, were unable to secure the release of a Korean-American that is being detained in the country, Reuters reports.

Schmidt is quoted as saying, “As the world becomes increasingly connected, their decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their physical world, their economic growth and so forth…The technology in North Korea is very limited…The government has to do something. They have to make it possible for people to use the Internet…It’s their choice now, and time, in my view, for them to start or they will remain behind.”

The Wall Street Journal shares this video of some of Schmidt’s words:

The trip was not vey well received by the U.S. State Department who conveyed that it was not thrilled with the timing, and noted that Schmidt and Richardson were well aware of the department’s feelings on the matter.

  • Lin Yung

    This is the real reason for the trip: http://www.bringyushinoback.blogspot.com/

  • kafantaris

    Hiding from the world is proof enough that the North Korean and Iranian regimes cannot withstand scrutiny even from their own people — less they find out that the regimes have completely stifled economic development.
    Yet North Korea and Iran could just as easily have excelled economically as well as technologically — for the greater good of their citizens.
    As things stand now, Iran has abandoned all paths to the country’s Persian greatness, and daily North Korea has to face the glaring economic disparities with its sister state.
    Exactly how long will it take for these regimes to realize that in today’s world a country’s might is measured in economic terms?
    Indeed, even if the North Korean and Iranian regimes on their own somehow managed to amass Russia’s military might, neither would be further ahead economically.
    So what’s the point in trying?