After returning from North Korea and having met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, former basketball star of the NBA Dennis Rodman told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos of “This Week” that the oppressive leader of North Korea wants President Barack Obama to give him a phone call.
According to Rodman, the outspoken often flamboyant and extremely outspoken NBA-famed star:
<Kim Jong Un> wants Obama to do one thing: Call him. He said, “If you can, Dennis – I don’t want <to> do war. I don’t want to do war.” He said that to me.
Rodman claims that Kim Jong Un loves basketball. He said that Obama loves basketball, too. So, surmised Rodman: “Let’s start there.”
Last week, it became public that Dennis Rodman made an unexpected journey to Pyongyang, North Korea. Rodman’s meeting with Kim Jong Un was shocking in that this was the first public meeting the new totalitarian nation’s leader has had with any American since he came to power after his father’s death in 2011. His father, Kim Jong-Il led the country prior to that time.
The current leader, Kim Jong Un, has been defying the United Nations’ sanctions by having developed nuclear arms and a missile program in North Korea. Additionally, Kim Jong Un has said that the weaponry is aimed at the United States.
Rodman continued to compliment Kim Jong Un as he has since last week after meeting with him, and he has refused to apologize for doing so. Rodman said that the North Korean leader is a good guy. He even called him his friend. Rodman stated that he doesn’t condone what Kim Jong Un does, but yet he’s his friend.
Dennis Rodman was in Pyongyang, North Korea via his membership in the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team which was there on behalf of an upcoming HBO series entitled “VICE.”
The North Korean leader and the basketball star bonded courtside at the basketball game. Kim Jong Un is a longtime basketball fan – including a fan of the Chicago Bull’s heyday when Dennis Rodman played for the championship team.
The United States’ State Department was not involved with the visit and therefore the United States government has no plans to question him about his visit. Yet, Rodman has vowed to return and continue his newfound interest in the country and its somewhat mysterious leader.