Rodman said he plans to hang out with the country’s authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time, and maybe bridge some cultural gaps — but not be a diplomat.
Son Kwang Ho, vice-chairman of North Korea’s Olympic Committee, greeted the basketball star at Pyongyang’s airport, days after Pyongyang rejected a visit by a U.S. envoy to talk about the release of Kenneth Bae, an American missionary from Lynnwood, Washington that was detained in the country.
North Korea abruptly called off the official visit because it said the U.S. had ruined the talks after holding military drills with South Korea with their nuclear-capable B-52 bombers.
Rodman said his visit will focus on his friendship with Kim and North Korea and to “show people around the world that we as Americans can actually get along with North Korea.”
“I just want to meet my friend Kim, the marshal, and start a basketball league over there or something like that,” said the basketball star. “I have not been promised anything. I am just going there as a friendly gesture.
Rodman, however, declined to say whether he will ask for the release of Bae.
“I’m not there to be a diplomat. I’m there to go there and just have a good time, sit with (Kim) and his family, and that’s pretty much it.”