KCNA keeps it succinct on Google visit

Aside from some interesting syntax, there’s not much to be gleaned form the Korean Central News Agency‘s report on Eric Schmidt and Bill Richardson’s arrival in the country: Delegation of Google Corp. of U.S. Arrives Pyongyang, January 7 (KCNA) — A delegation of the Google Corp. of the U.S. headed by Bill Richardson, former governor ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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Aside from some interesting syntax, there's not much to be gleaned form the Korean Central News Agency's report on Eric Schmidt and Bill Richardson's arrival in the country:

Delegation of Google Corp. of U.S. Arrives
Pyongyang, January 7 (KCNA) -- A delegation of the Google Corp. of the U.S. headed by Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico State, arrived here on Monday by air.

It's a general rule with KCNA items that the bigger a story it is, the less they write. A highly-unusual high-profile U.S. delegation gets 30 words. "DPRK's satellite launch hailed by Nigerian organization" gets over 200. 

Aside from some interesting syntax, there’s not much to be gleaned form the Korean Central News Agency‘s report on Eric Schmidt and Bill Richardson’s arrival in the country:

Delegation of Google Corp. of U.S. Arrives
Pyongyang, January 7 (KCNA) — A delegation of the Google Corp. of the U.S. headed by Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico State, arrived here on Monday by air.

It’s a general rule with KCNA items that the bigger a story it is, the less they write. A highly-unusual high-profile U.S. delegation gets 30 words. "DPRK’s satellite launch hailed by Nigerian organization" gets over 200. 

The trip is thought to be related to the case of Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen being held in custody in North Korea

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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