Former Chicago Bulls player, Dennis Rodman, returned from his recent unofficial diplomatic trip to Pyongyang, calling North Korea controversial leader, Kim Jong-un his newfound friend.
Accompanied by the Harlem Globetrotters during his recent trip to North Korea, former NBA star Dennis Rodman was seen palling around with North Korea's latest dictator and the pair were repeatedly photographed thrilled with each other's company.
During media interviews, Rodman also claimed that Kim is “a great guy” and “he’s awesome.”
Most importantly, Rodman also brought back a message from Kim Jong-un to President Obama, asking the President to to give Kim a ring. Rodman said that, Kim told him that he “doesn’t want to do war” and he loves basketball.
Rodman told Kim that Obama loves basketball too.
Political observers have been taking the opportunity to make light of the unusual friendship, which comes at a time when the Obama administration continues to struggling to contain the reclusive nation's nuclear ambitions.
“The image that comes to mind is a guy who’s playing with matches,” Victor Cha, the Korea chairman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the author of “Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia, was quoted by the New York Times as saying.”
“He’s sitting atop a renegade nuclear weapons state, and the thing that drives him is not the entreaties by China or the United States, it’s meeting Dennis Rodman. Maybe we should have given Rodman the denuclearization brief.”
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