facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

NBA star Rodman asks N. Korea's Kim Jong Un to release jailed American

May 8, 2013 at 7:16 AM   |   Comments

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 8 (UPI) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un via Twitter to release a U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Rodman called on Kim to "do me a solid" and release Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after being convicted in April of "hostile acts" against North Korea, CNN reported Wednesday.

"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," Rodman tweeted.

Bae, a Korean-American, was arrested Nov. 3 in Rason City as a tourist. His sister, Terri Chung, told CNN last week her brother isn't a spy but a tour company owner who was in North Korea for work.

U.S. officials have been trying to learn what Bae did wrong because the North Korean statement about his conviction had no details of the allegations against him.

"This was somebody who was a tour operator, who has been there in the past and has a visa to go to the North," a senior U.S. official told CNN Monday.

NK News, a U.S. website that deals with North Korea, suggests Bae was a missionary who was trying to convert North Koreans, CNN said.

Rodman, an NBA Hall of Famer, captured headlines when he befriended Kim during a visit to Pyongyang in February. He stressed he wasn't an official diplomat between the United States and North Korea.

"I'm not a politician," Rodman tweeted. "Kim Jung Un & North Korean people are basketball fans. I love everyone. Period. End of story."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Ailina Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bomber's sister, arrested over alleged bomb threat
2
Major general stripped of title over handling of sexual abuse allegation
3
Syrian militants seize Golan Heights border crossing
4
Texas man acquitted of killing man who killed his sons in DUI
5
Canada offers Russia and 'Not Russia' a geography lesson
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback