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Statement on the Release of Michael White from Iran

Thursday, June 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2020 Governor Bill Richardson and the Richardson Center are excited and relieved that Michael White has been released by Iran and is returning home to the United States. Governor Richardson has been working for over a year on behalf of Michael’s mother, Joanne, to secure her son’s release. Governor RichardsonRead the full article »

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Das Erste Documentary on the Release of Otto Warmbier

Monday, March 9, 2020

A new documentary movie by Das Erste and Director Klaus Scherer on the release of Otto Warmbier, featuring Governor Bill Richardson and the Richardson Center’s Mickey Bergman. Our team and Amb. Cameron Hume are working to free Americans Michael White & Bob Levinson in Iran, Paul Whelan in Russia & Tomeu Vadell + other CitgoRead the full article »

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Statement upon the release of Xiyue Wang

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Governor Bill Richardson and the Richardson Center are excited for the release and return of Princeton student Xiyue Wang from Iran. Governor Richardson has been working for more than 20 months on behalf of his wife Hua Qu to secure Wang’s release. The Richardson Center also worked closely with former Congressman Jim Slattery. In theRead the full article »

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Washington Post: Former U.N. ambassador Bill Richardson nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for work on North Korea

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

By Anne Gearan January 30 Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson was nominated last month by members of Congress. His nomination, which has not been previously reported, is for decades of work on behalf of hostages and prisoners held in several nations. The Norwegian Nobel Committee was asked to consider case histories including the late OttoRead the full article »

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GQ Magazine: The Untold Story of Otto Warmbier, American Hostage

Monday, July 23, 2018

BY: DOUG BOCK CLARK , GQ Magazine Online (originally published in the August 2018 issue) July 23, 2018 President Trump hailed him as a catalyst of the summit with Kim Jong-Un. But what happened to Warmbier—the American college student who was sent home brain-damaged from North Korea—is even more shocking than anyone knew. 1. Homecoming On a humid morningRead the full article »

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Mickey Bergman discusses the Trump-Kim Summit cancellation(?) in depth with ABC Australia “The World”

Friday, May 25, 2018

Trump’s business tactics aren’t working for him in politics, says US negotiator Mickey Bergman

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Foreign Policy Podcast – How to Haggle With a Dictator

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Foreign Policy – May 18, 2018, 8:19 PM Bill Richardson has made eight missions to North Korea to negotiate the release of American captives. He sat down with Foreign Policy to explain how it’s done.    Bill Richardson has been a governor, a congressman, and a Cabinet secretary. During a long political career, he carved outRead the full article »

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Gov. Richardson OpEd: Death Penalty — A Fatal, Inhuman Practice that Discriminates Against the Poor

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

We celebrate today the 15th World Day against the Death Penalty. As of today, 105 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes. In the past 25 years, 60 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes and the number of states that carry out executions has fallen by nearly half. But itRead the full article »

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CTV News Interview with Mickey Bergman: Hyeon Soo Lim is Being Released

Friday, August 11, 2017

Today came word from North Korean state media that Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim is being released. Mickey Bergman, Richardson Center Vice President, comments on the story and describes what’s involved in the release of North Korean prisoners. Click below to watch interview:

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CBC News Interview with Mickey Bergman: Bringing Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim Home

Thursday, August 10, 2017

After serving two years of a life sentence in North Korean prison, Pastor Hi-Yoon Soo Lim is finally being brought home to Canada due to health condition. Mickey Bergman, hostage negotiator with extensive experience in negotiating with North Korea, discusses the process and challenges of freeing a prisoner from North Korea on CBCNN Click belowRead the full article »