Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman to arrive in Pyongyang

Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman to arrive in Pyongyang Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman to arrive in Pyongyang
Christy Curtis | 13 June, 2017, 09:15

The US State Department reportedly confirmed it was aware Rodman was flying to North Korea but said he was not there in an official capacity. Kim entered Malaysia on February 6 and was returning to Macao, where his family resides, when he was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.

The President previously tweeted: "The only American who has met with the North Korean man child is Dennis Rodman".

Rodman has traveled to North Korea multiple times in recent years, and he is one of the few Americans who has ever had contact with Kim Jong-Un.

Most recently, in January 2014, he and a group of retired basketball players visited for Un's birthday, including a now-viral video of Rodman singing "happy birthday". Thousands of US troops are based in South Korea, and the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world.

"To me he is just a normal guy".

North Korea has become an increasing threat to the United States during Trump's time in the White House.

Notably, Rodman is personally connected to President Donald J. Trump, the pair having appeared together on the Celebrity Apprentice TV show in 2013. For him, he said, it was all about sports and not about politics.

And at that initial meeting Rodman said he could bring a basketball team over to play in front of the North Korean people.

On his first trip to North Korea, Rodman was accompanied by members of the Harlem Globetrotters and a crew from VICE News.

"But I'll tell you this: If I don't finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something's seriously wrong".

"And he was going to promise me that he was going to give me Kenneth Bae", Rodman also said, referring to a former US national imprisoned in the DPRK. "He told me, 'I would love to come to America to go to a New York Knicks game.' He actually said that to me", Rodman recalled.

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