North Korea’s favorite ex-governor says North Korea gave Google CEO Eric Schmidt “rock star” treatment:

“Eric Schmidt was like a rock star there, talking to people, to students to scientists, to software engineers about the importance of the Internet,” Richardson told CNN. “I think it is important that we not isolate the North Koreans.”

The former U.S. official said the “private, humanitarian” mission had three goals: to urge the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to refrain from nuclear weapons testing; to check on an American detained there; and encourage greater openness to information.

It would be easier not to isolate the North Koreans if the North Koreans stopped doing things to isolate themselves.