SANTA FE, New Mexico — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's office announced on Wednesday that the governor will travel to North Korea next week on a private visit.
Richardson spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said that the governor will leave Tuesday and return Dec. 20. The trip comes at a time of heightened tensions two weeks after North Korea shelled a South Korean island.
A State Department spokesman said Wednesday that Richardson will not carry any message from the US government.
Richardson has traveled to North Korea several times, most recently in 2007 to recover the remains of American servicemen killed in the Korean War.