By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government expressed displeasure Thursday over a planned trip by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to North Korea, saying especially the timing is not "helpful."
The State Department confirmed that it is "obviously aware of the trip" by Schmidt and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who has close personal ties with the communist nation.
"Frankly, we don't think the timing of this is particularly helpful, but they are private citizens and they are making their own decision," department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a press briefing.