Report: Dennis Rodman back in North Korea to visit 'friend' Kim Jong Un
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea to visit leader Kim Jong Un, The Associated Press reports.
Rodman visited the country in February as part of a so-called "basketball diplomacy" mission organized by VICE. (See the video.) The former NBA player and the North Korean leader watched a basketball game together.
In May, Rodman called on his friend Kim to "do me a solid" and release Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, who had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Bae has not been released, and Rodman's current visit comes after North Korea rejected a visit from an American delegation seeking Bae's release. Rodman declined to tell reporters whether he would ask Kim to release Bae.
Instead, the Worm said he is visiting as a friend.
“I just want to meet my friend Kim, the marshal, and start a basketball league over there or something like that,” said Rodman, wearing rings through his lower lip and each nostril. “I have not been promised anything. I am just going there as a friendly gesture. ...“I’m not there to be a diplomat. I’m there to go there and just have a good time, sit with (Kim) and his family, and that’s pretty much it,” Rodman said