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Google executive chairman arrives in North Korea

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Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt, center, arrives Monday at Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. Schmidt arrived in the North Korean capital along with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson called the trip to North Korea a private humanitarian visit.

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Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, center, is chased by journalists Monday as he prepares to check in at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. Schmidt is scheduled to leave Monday on a commercial flight bound for North Korea, a country considered to have the world's most restrictive Internet policies.

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Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, is the highest-profile U.S. executive to visit North Korea -- a country with notoriously restrictive online policies -- since young leader Kim Jong Un took power a year ago. His visit has drawn criticism from the U.S. State Department because it comes only weeks after a controversial North Korean rocket launch; it has also prompted speculation about what the businessman hopes to accomplish.
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    • Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt, center, arrives Monday at Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. Schmidt arrived in the North Korean capital along with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson called the trip to North Korea a private humanitarian visit.
    • Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, center, is chased by journalists Monday as he prepares to check in at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. Schmidt is scheduled to leave Monday on a commercial flight bound for North Korea, a country considered to have the world’s most restrictive Internet policies.
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