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Rodman leaves N.Korea without word if he met leader

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:35 p.m. HST, Dec 23, 2013

BEIJING » Former basketball star Dennis Rodman left North Korea on Monday (Sunday in Hawaii) without answering questions from the media on whether he had met with leader Kim Jong Un.

The two struck up a friendship when Rodman first traveled to the secretive state earlier this year.

Rodman declined to answer questions from reporters on his arrival at Beijing's airport if the two met on his latest visit.

On Sunday night, he told The Associated Press that he had not yet had a meeting with Kim. He arrived in North Korea on Thursday, a week after North Korea announced the execution of Kim's once-powerful uncle, sparking speculation by foreign analysts over the future of the Kim regime.

Rodman's short visit was aimed at finalizing plans to bring 12 ex-NBA players to Pyongyang for a Jan. 8 exhibition game marking Kim's birthday.

Rodman is the highest profile American to meet Kim since the leader inherited power from his father in late 2011.

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zoomzoom65 wrote:
What knuckle head publicity seeking loser! He should be doing charitable work back in the USA instead of trying to get attention.
on December 23,2013 | 07:29AM
SueH wrote:
The unfortunate part of this story is that "Rodman LEFT N. Korea....."
on December 23,2013 | 07:57AM
loquaciousone wrote:
on December 23,2013 | 08:02AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I cannot imagine 12 ex NBA players who have lost all their marbles like Rodman.
on December 23,2013 | 08:02AM
kailua000 wrote:
of course not. if they play in a game and win, the entire N Korea team will be executed and the winning team will be jailed for crimes against the state, then executed. If they lose, then the N Korea team would be national heros but you can't go and play a game to lose. So they would be executed for fixing the game. win win all around. ha!
on December 23,2013 | 08:54AM
Manawai wrote:
@Rodman - He didn't meet with you because you represent frivolity to him (as you do to us now). He's just murdered some opponents and has to act tough right now so he can't been seen cavorting with the American Clown.
on December 23,2013 | 08:04AM
Skyler wrote:
The truth.
on December 23,2013 | 09:14AM
realist3463 wrote:
A most appropriate person to represent the Obama Administration Foreign Policy.
on December 23,2013 | 08:08AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
What makes you say that? What US policies regarding North Korea line up with anything Rodman has done?
on December 23,2013 | 08:13AM
loquaciousone wrote:
They are both crazy.
on December 23,2013 | 08:35AM
retire wrote:
on December 23,2013 | 08:42AM
kailua000 wrote:
nah, he's just an exhibitionist who loves fame but lost his fortune and needs the money. Moron is more like it.
on December 23,2013 | 08:55AM
Uncleart66 wrote:
highest profile American .....ha
on December 23,2013 | 08:59AM
Hawaii5OhOh wrote:
Rodman is doing it for the money, just like a prostitute. As for Kim Jong Un, he is probably still mad at Rodman for the pistachio nut commercial. The ad says it all about that nut of a dictator.
on December 23,2013 | 09:42AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Maybe he was lucky to get out alive!
on December 23,2013 | 11:54AM
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