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By Juli Weiner
11:50 AM, January 10 2013
After a profound and enlightening journey, Comrades Bill Richardson and Eric Schmidt have left North Korea. Both men agreed the trip was an experience of peerless fun, enriching visits to Kim Jong-un’s many great museums and palaces, and powerful displays of brilliant leadership and vision.
But Kim Jong-un’s enemies in the West continue to spread lies about the proud and economically prosperous North Korean empire. The American publication The Wall Street Journal is writing vicious and unprovoked slander that Comrades Richardson and Schmidt “urged North Korea’s government to drop barriers to Internet access to boost its impoverished economy.” This is a stupid and foolish untruth, as Kim Jong-un has created a thriving empire full of Internet!
Workers of great dignity and skill in both factories and farms praise Kim Jong-un’s Internet, saying it is the biggest, strongest, and most glorious Internet they could hope for. North Korea’s top scientists at universities have research studies about the superiority of Internet and have found it capable of destroying the Internets of China, the West, and South Korea. North Korea has no plans to launch long-range Internet against its enemies, but is building up an arsenal of Internet in case of provocation from war-loving traitors abroad. See a profound and enlightening journey, vicious and unprovoked slander below:
12:50 PM, January 7 2013
This is an electronic letter from your Comrades Bill Richardson and Eric Schmidt. We arrived in North Korea today, via vehicle! There are many motorized devices in North Korea, all of them highly advanced and functioning very well.
Esteemed representatives from the Workers’ Party of Korea met us when we arrived, each bearing magnificent gifts of food, extension cords (helpful because there are so many outlets here, for electricity!), and copies of Freedom, Kim Jong-un’s significant contribution to the Western canon. We were very impressed. In return, we gratefully lavished our hosts with appreciation, respect, and the normal amount of excitement about consuming food.
After consuming the ripe bread and hearty fruits we had been given, we had the great fortune of touring some of North Korea’s most splendid national monuments. We rode in the vehicle to a factory where new and useful goods were being produced. All of North Korea will soon share in the profits of the North Korean military uniforms being manufactured and distributed to North Koreans! We then went to the restaurant, where more food was offered. It was delicious and prepared with heat.
Our accommodations are the most luxurious in the entire world—but we hesitate to speak too much of the fine linens, silks, and and plastics Kim Jong-un has so generously given to us as a gesture of his superlative hospitality. We do not want to make our peers in the impoverished West jealous, which is one of the delicately and acutely explored themes of Kim Jong-un’s pseudonymously written book Freedom.
United in deference to Kim Jong-un,
Bill Richardson and Eric Schdmidt
P.S. Do not write us back at our usual Web @-names. Use “email@example.com.”
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BEIJING—Google Inc. GOOG -0.30% executive chairman Eric Schmidt and former Gov. Bill Richardson said they urged North Korea’s government to drop barriers to Internet access to boost its impoverished economy. Officials in the isolated country, they added, appeared open to technological exchanges.
However, Mr. Richardson reported little progress in talks on military issues. North Korea triggered further international alarm about its military intentions in December after a successful rocket launch demonstrated advancing missile capabilities.
“As the world becomes increasingly connected, their decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their physical world,” Mr. Schmidt said in Beijing on Thursday, as he returned from a three-day trip to North Korea with Mr. Richardson, a former New Mexico governor. He added that it would “make it harder for them to catch up economically. We made that alternative very, very clear.”
North Korea has an Internet infrastructure, but it is accessible only to the government, the military and universities, not the general population, according to Mr. Schmidt. Its use is monitored by authorities. The country’s cellular network doesn’t carry Internet data, which means that the Internet can’t be accessed via mobile phones and other devices.
The trip to North Korea was billed as a humanitarian mission. Mr. Schmidt said it was “a private visit to North Korea to talk about the free and open Internet.” Mr. Richardson described the discussions with North Koreans on technology as the most productive talks of the trip.
Mr. Richardson said the delegation didn’t meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Eun. He said he urged others in the government to move toward a moratorium on ballistic missile tests. “We need dialogue on the peninsula, not confrontation,” he said.
The North Koreans maintained that the December rocket launch was for peaceful and scientific purposes. “I must say I personally disagree,” Mr. Richardson said.
Mr. Richardson also said he pressed North Korean officials about an American who is being detained there, and was encouraged by their statements that judicial proceedings will begin soon and that the detainee’s health is good. Kenneth Bae, 44 years old, has been held since late last year on unspecified charges.
Mr. Richardson said North Korean officials had expressed encouragement at statements from South Korea’s President-elect Park Geun-hye, but didn’t elaborate.
He said leadership transitions in the region provided an opportunity for a reset in relations with North Korea. In addition to Ms. Park’s election, regional powerhouses Japan and China both have new leaders. Mr. Kim, North Korea’s leader, recently marked his anniversary in power following the December 2011 death of his father. Mr. Richardson said the naming of a new U.S. secretary of state could also help reset dialogue.
Google’s advocacy of global free speech has put it at loggerheads with governments in some markets. Google essentially pulled out of the mainland China market in 2010 over concerns about censorship and cyberattacks. Asked whether Google had aspirations in North Korea, Mr. Schmidt said the government first needed to open its Internet further.
The delegation went to North Korea over the objections of the U.S. State Department. In addition to Messrs. Schmidt and Richardson, the group included Jared Cohen, a former State Department official who founded Google’s think tank, Google Ideas, and Tony Namkung, a longtime adviser to Mr. Richardson who has previously traveled with him to North Korea.