ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Former governor Bill Richardson has gone ahead with a trip that the white house did not want him to take.
He arrived today in North Korea on what he calls a humanitarian mission but which may have another purpose as well.
The trip comes just a few weeks after North Korea defied the U.S. and the U.N. by launching a satellite on a long range rocket that could be used for military purposes.
The state department says the visit is badly timed but adds the department would be willing to hear from Richardson and others with him when they get back.
Richardson insists his main mission is to find out about an American citizen being held by the North Koreans.
"We are here as individual American citizens looking into the humanitarian issues," Richardson said. "We are going to ask about the American detainee who is here. We are interested in economic and political situation."
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