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Sunday
May122013

Dennis Rodman Plans New North Korean Trip

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- Dennis Rodman, the flamboyant former NBA star turned unlikely diplomat of sorts, is planning a second visit to North Korea, this time with the goal of asking his new friend Kim Jong-un to release an American citizen currently jailed there.

Kenneth Bae, 44, has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after being accused of smuggling antigovernment propaganda into the country.

Though many are working so secure his release, Rodman had some harsh words about President Barack Obama’s ability to get the job done.

“Obama can’t do s--,” Rodman said in a rant on TMZ.com. “We got a black president [that] can’t even go and talk to him, how ‘bout that one?”

Rodman visited North Korea in February 2013, and he watched a basketball game with Jong Un, telling him “you have a friend for life.”

Rodman faced criticism for the visit and his relationship with the dictator, who he described as a “great guy,” during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

Rodman is hoping Jong Un will be a good friend and listen to him.

“I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him ‘Kim’, to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose,” Rodman tweeted on Tuesday.

Despite his claims, and his odd friendship with the brutal Communist dictator, the United States isn’t putting their faith in the former all-star, according to ABC’s global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz.

“Look, last time he went over there as soon as he got back Kim Jong Un threatened to launch those missiles. We had a diplomatic crisis for months so I don't think Dennis Rodman did much good last time,” Raddatz said.

“Of course, everybody is hoping that the American is released. If Dennis Rodman can do something towards that end that's great, but nobody's counting on it.”

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Wednesday
Mar062013

John Kerry Critiques Dennis Rodman Diplomacy

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday offered his assessment of Dennis Rodman’s diplomatic skills in the wake of the former NBA star's controversial visit to North Korea, where he called leader Kim Jong Un an “awesome guy.”

Kerry told NBC News, “Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player.  And as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player.  And that’s where we’ll leave it.”

Rodman traveled to North Korea last week with the Harlem Globetrotters.

The White House denounced the trip as a “celebrity sporting event” for a repressive regime.  A White House spokesman said North Korea instead should focus on the well-being of its own people, “who have been starved, imprisoned and denied their human rights.”

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Friday
Mar012013

Dennis Rodman Won't Be Debriefed by State After Meeting Kim Jong Un

KNS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman may be the only American to have hugged, drank and laughed with North Korea's bad boy Kim Jong Un, but the U.S. State Department said Friday it has no plans to debrief Rodman for any personal intel on the man who says he is targeting the U.S. with his nuclear arsenal.

Rodman left Pyongyang Friday after stunning the diplomatic world with his basketball diplomacy. After watching an exhibition game with a laughing Kim, dining and drinking with him, even hugging the regime strongman, Rodman had lavish praise for Kim and his father and grandfather who have turned North Korean into a family affair.

No other American as far as anyone can tell has met with Kim since he assumed command of North Korea following his father's death in 2011. Since then, Kim has defied the world by pressing ahead with a nuclear arms and missile program which Kim says is aimed at the U.S.

Despite his access to Kim, however, Rodman will not be debriefed by American diplomats.

"We haven't been in touch with this traveling party at any point along in the process. They haven't been in touch with us. And so we don't have any plans in that regard," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.

But he said as with any American who travels to North Korea and wants to talk to State, "We'll take their call."

"Here's a man who has had dinner with one of the most threatening men in the whole world, who continues to sell weapons of mass destruction to all of our enemies. And they don't even want to talk to him? That's ridiculous," said Steve Ganyard, a former deputy assistant secretary of state and a consultant to ABC News.

"There is nobody at the CIA who can tell you more personally about Kim Jong Un than Dennis Rodman and that in itself is scary," Ganyard said.

 

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