Retired American Hall of Fame basketball player Dennis Rodman is planning a second trip to North Korea with hopes of getting Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea after allegedly attempting to overthrow the regime, released.
After becoming frustrated with Obama’s inaction in the Bae case, Rodman tweeted for Kim to “do him a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.”
"We got a black president - can't go even talk to him,” Rodman said.
Rodman and Kim enjoyed Pyongyang basketball game together during Rodman’s first visit to North Korea. Kim is a particular fan of the Chicago Bulls, a team that Rodman won three NBA championships with.
“Although relations between the two countries [America and the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea] are regrettable, personally I am a friend of Marshal Kim Jong Un and the DPRK people,” Rodman said, who insisted that his visit had been beneficial for the U.S. after Kim “put those missiles back in storage”.
After his tour of North Korea, Rodman spent time in the Vatican City in March to campaign for the first black Pope.
"I want to be anywhere in the world that I'm needed,” he said.
Rodman plans to leave for North Korea on August 1st.