Dennis Rodman summarizes his North Korea trip as ‘really good’

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has landed in China after spending a few days in North Korea. In a video message uploaded to social media before he departed for North Korea, he said that he hopes to bring North Korea and America together during the trip.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) meets with former NBA star Dennis Rodman (2013) Photo Credit: EPA

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed in China on Saturday after finishing up his most recent visit to North Korea. At the airport, Rodman summarized his trip as “really good.” Over the past few years, Rodman has visited the isolated dictatorship several times and even met with and befriended North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Rodman said that the purpose of his trip was to bring sports to the country, which is under heavy UNSC sanctions due to its numerous missile tests. However, in a video message that was uploaded to YouTube and the former basketball star’s Twitter page prior to his departure for Pyongyang, Rodman said that the main reason for his trip was to bring America and North Korea together. “The main thing we doing [sic] is trying to open doors between both countries,” he said. “Wish us luck.”

During his visit, Rodman visited the Pyongyang zoo, met with North Korean athletes and gave North Korea’s sports minister a copy of U.S. President Donald Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal.” According to reports, the book was to be passed on to Kim.

While Rodman said he was flying to North Korea to bring the two nations closer together, the U.S. State Department stressed that Rodman was traveling as a private citizen and was not sent on behalf of the U.S. government.

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