Basketball-star-turned-surprise-diplomat Dennis Rodman is speaking out on his surprise North Korea visit with the crew of HBO’s Vice earlier this year where he chatted and hung out with Kim Jong Un. In a recent interview, Rodman says he doesn’t think the North Korean leader is that bad a guy, declares that he’s on a mission to “break the ice between hostile countries,” and says that he fully expects to get nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize the next time around.
Rodman gave an interview to Sports Illustrated where he talks about his trip to North Korea. He found it utterly remarkable that President Obama hasn’t engaged more with Kim Jong Un, because, as Rodman puts it, “Fact is, he hasn’t bombed anywhere he’s threatened to yet. Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not … whatever.” He calls on Obama to reach out to the North Korean leader, who really just wants to “talk basketball with Obama,” and be his “friend.”
And Rodman plans to go back to North Korea, maybe spending some of it taking a summer vacation with Kim Jong Un and his family. Rodman explains why he has taken on this burden to be an unofficial U.S. envoy.
“My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman says. “Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama’s] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”
h/t CBS News
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