Rodman in North Korea to visit his 'friend' Kim
PYONGYANG (AP) - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is in North Korea with plans to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and maybe bridge some cultural gaps - but not be a diplomat.
Rodman was greeted at Pyongyang's airport on Tuesday by Mr Son Kwang Ho, vice-chairman of North Korea's Olympic Committee, just days after Pyongyang rejected a visit by a US envoy who had hoped to bring home Mr Kenneth Bae, an American missionary jailed there.
The North abruptly called off the official visit because it said the US had ruined the atmosphere for talks by holding a drill over South Korea with nuclear-capable B-52 bombers.
Rodman said the purpose of his visit was to display his friendship for Mr Kim and North Korea and to "show people around the world that we as Americans can actually get along with North Korea".