N Korea's Kim tells Obama to call

Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman has returned from his controversial trip to North Korea with a message from its leader Kim Jong-un for President Barack Obama to give him a call. The US last week slammed North Korea for "wining and dining" Rodman.

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Rodman says N Korea's Kim wants Obama to 'call him'

Dennis Rodman told ABC's 'This Week' that Kim Jong-un is "a good guy to me". Credit: APTN

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has said his "friend", North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, wants Barack Obama to give him a call.

The basketball veteran dined with Kim during his trip with the Harlem Globetrotters to the isolated totalitarian nation last week and returned with a message for his president.

"He wants Obama to do one thing - call him," Rodman told US network ABC. "He said, 'If you can, Dennis - I don't want (to) do war. I don't want to do war.' He said that to me."

Rodman added: "(Kim) loves basketball. And I said the same thing. I said, 'Obama loves basketball.' Let's start there."

A US official dismissed Rodman's comments, saying the White House already has communication channels with North Korea.

US criticises North Korea for 'wining and dining' Rodman

The US State Department has criticised North Korea for "wining and dining" former NBA star Dennis Rodman when "they should be feeding their own people".

Spokesman Patrick Ventrell distanced the US Government from Rodman's visit to Pyongyang this week, during which the star told Kim Jong-un he had made "a friend for life".

Dennis Rodman and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pictured hugging. Credit: KCNA

Ventrell told reporters, "You've got the regime spending money to wine and dine foreign visitors, when they should be feeding their own people".

Rodman said on his Twitter page he is returning to the US today and on Monday he will "tell what is true and not true of what you have heard and read".

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Smiles and hugs as Rodman dines with Kim Jong-un

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman dined with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today.

Rodman, right, is the most high-profile American to meet Kim Jong-un since he came to power in 2011. Credit: KCNA

Rodman was in Pyongyang on a trip with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Rodman and Kim toast the trip. Credit: KRT

Kim Jong-un, who is a basketball fan, was told by Rodman that he had made "a friend for life."

Rodman and Kim share a post-meal hug. Credit: KCNA

US TV producer: Kim Jong-un 'got us wasted'

Jason Mojica, a producer with the Vice crew filming basketball star Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea, says the country's leader was generous with alcohol during the trip:

Meanwhile Rodman insisted he was there because the Supreme Leader loves basketball, and not for any political reasons:

Rodman tells Kim Jong-un he has a 'friend for life'

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman told North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, "You have a friend for life", as they sat side-by-side at a basketball game.

Kim Jong-un laughs with Dennis Rodman while watching a basketball game in Pyongyang. Credit: APTN/VICE.com

While the improbable pair watched the Harlem Globetrotters at a Pyongyang gym, Kim told Rodman he hoped his visit would break the ice between the US and North Korea, a spokesman for the VICE media company told the Associated Press.

Dennis Rodman is visiting North Korea with some members of the Harlem Globetrotters. Credit: APTN/VICE.com

Kim and Rodman chatted in English, but the North Korean leader primarily spoke in Korean through a translator, the report added.

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Globetrotting Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

Flamboyant basketball star Dennis Rodman has jetted into North Korea for a week-long trip with the showcase Harlem Globetrotters team. Credit: RTV
The squad is due to hold kids' camps in the isolated country, which received US criticism following nuclear weapons and rocket tests. Credit: RTV
Rodman, now long retired from the NBA, may be paid a visit by state leader Kim Jong-un, who is a fan of his old team the Chicago Bulls. Credit: RTV
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