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.
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.
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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