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Rodman heads for North Korean leader's pet ski resort project

Published on Jan 9, 2014 11:09 AM
 
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre), his wife Ri Sol Ju (left) and former United States basketball star Dennis Rodman watch a basketball game between former National Basketball Association players and North Korean players at Pyongyang Gymnasium in Pyongyang, in this photo taken on Jan 8, 2014, and released by the Korean Central News Agency. Rodman headed for a North Korean ski resort on Jan 9 after staging a match in Pyongyang Mr Kim's birthday that has drawn the ire of human rights activists and some of his fellow professionals. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (Reuters) - Retired United States basketball star Dennis Rodman headed for a North Korean ski resort on Thursday after staging a match in Pyongyang for dictator Kim Jong Un's birthday that has drawn the ire of human rights activists and some of his fellow professionals.

A source with direct knowledge of Rodman's itinerary said the 42-year old was on a helicopter to the new multimillion dollar resort, which is one of Mr Kim's showcase projects.

It was not immediately clear if Mr Kim, who is believed to have celebrated his 31st birthday on Wednesday, was with Rodman on the flight. The source declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.

On Wednesday, Rodman led a chorus of North Koreans singing "Happy Birthday" to the leader of the isolated and heavily sanctioned country at a basketball match that Mr Kim attended with his young wife.

 
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