Dennis Rodman arrived back in North Korea today for the first time since March, when he became the first American to meet Kim Jong-un since the marshal took power. Rodman was greeted at Pyongyang Airport by the Associated Press, to which he said:
“My main plan is basically to come over here to, not to be a diplomat, to become a friend of the marshal and the country of North Korea, and just to show people around the world that we as Americans can actually get along with North Korea. I’m an athlete, and I know the marshal, he loves sports, he loves basketball, so I guess that me and him have something in common. So I’m here to visit him to see how he’s doing, see how the family’s doing, and just to revisit the country.”
See how the family’s doing. What a world we live in, that The Worm can be on familial terms with the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Reports AP:
Rodman was greeted at Pyongyang’s airport by Son Kwang Ho, vice-chairman of North Korea’s Olympic Committee, just days after Pyongyang rejected a visit by a U.S. envoy who had hoped to bring home Kenneth Bae, an American missionary jailed there.
Before leaving from Beijing today, Rodman repeatedly said he was not going as “a diplomat,” which means he will likely not be talking to anyone about Bae. Which is interesting, because in May, he tweeted that he wanted Kim Jong-un to “do me a solid” and release the American citizen:
I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him "Kim", to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.
— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) May 7, 2013
UPDATE, 9/4, 12:03 am: Rodman says in this Huff Post interview that he was not responsible for that Kenneth Bae tweet.
Rodman is being hosted in North Korea by the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sport, which has not confirmed if or when Rodman will meet Kim Jong Un.
UPDATE, 9/8, 12:37 am: Rodman has returned from Pyongyang. No Kenneth Bae (of course).