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John Kerry on Dennis Rodman's diplomacy skills: 'He is a great basketball player'

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   March 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM   |   Comments

March 5 (UPI) -- Looks like Dennis Rodman won't be joining the foreign service any time soon.

In an upcoming interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, John Kerry dismissed the former basketball player's attempt at athletic diplomacy, a much-publicized visit to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters.

“Dennis Rodman was a great basketball player,” Kerry said on Tuesday. “And as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player. And that’s where we’ll leave it.”

Rodman met Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang last week, just as he promised he would, where he referred to the dictator as his "friend" and said Kim wanted President Barack Obama to call him.

(KCNA)

The White House wasn't quite on board with Rodman's stab at international relations.

"Instead of spending money on celebrity sporting events to entertain the elites of that country," Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday, "the North Korean regime should focus on the well-being of its own people who have been starved, imprisoned and denied their human rights."

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