POSTED: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 6:12am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 8:26am
BEIJING, CHINA - New Mexico's governor traveled through Beijing today on his way to North Korea for an unofficial visit to ease tension on the Korean peninsula.
The visit comes three weeks after North Korea attacked a South Korean island and killed four people.
Richardson has been to North Korea before and served as a special U.S. envoy.
The governor told reporters he is making this four-day trip as a private citizen and was invited by North Korea's top nuclear envoy.
"Our objective is to try to, as I said, lessen tensions on the peninsula, push towards serious negotiations, and find ways to bring peace. My message to them will be we need peace, we need to stop some of these aggressive actions, we need North Korea to participate in the 2005 agreement to denuclearize and we need to stop some of the aggressive actions."