facebook
twitter
search
search

Rodman rejects calls for him to seek release of American in N. Korea

Sept. 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM
| License Photo

BEIJING, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Dennis Rodman, after hobnobbing with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said Saturday it wasn't his place to push for the release of a jailed American.

Speaking to reporters in Beijing after departing the North Korean capital Pyongyang, the former NBA star said, "It is not my job to talk about Kenneth Bae," CNN reported.

"Ask [U.S. President] Obama about that, ask [former U.S. Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton about that. Ask those [expletive]," said Rodman, who was clad in a shiny silver skull cap, T-shirt, warm-up pants, scarf and sunglasses while clenching a cigar in his mouth.

Bae is serving a 15-year sentence at a North Korean labor camp after being arrested while doing missionary work.

After showing off photos of himself with the North Korean dictator, Rodman told reporters Kim is "my friend for life -- I don't care what you guys think about him," the BBC reported.

Last week, North Korea canceled a scheduled visit by U.S. Ambassador Robert King, who was attempting to gain Bae's release.

Before leaving the United States for North Korea, Rodman asked Kim in a Twitter message to "do me a solid" and release Bae.

Pyongyang's state-run news service, KCNA, said Kim had "warmly greeted" Rodman on his arrival and that the men watched a basketball game and had dinner, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

The KCNA statement did not reveal the timing of the events and made no reference to Bae.

Rodman first traveled to North Korea in February.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kim Jong Un had terrapin farm manager executed, says source
More than 80 percent of North Korean defectors are women, says report
North Korea requests medical aid from U.N. agencies
Encroaching sea levels endanger Pakistan's Indus Delta
Kenyan bishop warns Obama against pro-gay policy