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Ex-NBA star Rodman tells U.S. media he "won't go back" to N. Korea

Former U.S. basketball superstar Dennis Rodman expressed regret over the controversial "basketball diplomacy" trips to North Korea during a TV interview with a U.S. sports network Sunday and said he would not return to the country. "So many people (are) so narrow minded... I wish they understood the whole purpose why I went to North Korea," Rodman told ESPN. "If you don't want me to go back there ever again, I won't go back."

Ex-NBA star Rodman tells U.S. media he "won't go back" to N. Korea

Former U.S. basketball superstar Dennis Rodman expressed regret over the controversial "basketball diplomacy" trips to North Korea during a TV interview with a U.S. sports network Sunday and said he would not return to the country. "So many people (are) so narrow minded... I wish they understood the whole purpose why I went to North Korea," Rodman told ESPN. "If you don't want me to go back there ever again, I won't go back."

Dennis Rodman says he'd trade places with American held in North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman said on Friday he was willing to trade places with Kenneth Bae, an American missionary imprisoned in North Korea, the next time he visits his friend, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Rodman, in a live interview with CNN from a substance abuse rehabilitation facility in the New York City area, said he felt sympathy for Bae's family.

Rodman checks into alcohol rehab

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman, facing a backlash for a series of visits to North Korea, checked himself into an alcohol-rehab facility, US media said Saturday. Rodman entered the undisclosed rehab centre on Wednesday and it is not clear how long he intends to remain there, CNN said. The 52-year-old apologized earlier this month upon his return from his latest visit to secretive North Korea for saying a fellow American imprisoned there may have caused his own fate. Rodman blamed alcohol for his comments.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 296 (January 16, 2014)

*** TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 1) North Korea's State Media Confirms Its Leader's Birthday First Time SEOUL (Yonhap News) -- North Korea's state news agency has confirmed the birthday of the country's leader Kim Jong-un for the first time as it reported on a basketball game organized by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. Kim's birthday was long believed to be on Jan. 8, though the North's state media had been mum on it.

Rodman spotted at N. Korea's lavish ski resort: witness

BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Yonhap) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was spotted at a recently built luxury ski resort in North Korea earlier this week before returning from a controversial trip to the country, a witness said in an Internet blog posting seen on Wednesday. An official at Beijing-based tour agency Koryo Tours, which specializes in trips to North Korea, was at the Masik Pass ski resort for two days from Sunday during which he said he ran into Rodman at the sprawling alpine landscape.

Rodman spotted at N. Korea's lavish ski resort: witness

BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Yonhap) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was spotted at North Korea's new, multimillion-dollar ski resort earlier this week before returning from a controversial trip to the North, according to a witness account seen on Wednesday. An official at Beijing-based tour agency Koryo Tours, which specializes in trips to North Korea, was at the Masik Pass ski resort for two days from Sunday at the North's invite, when he allegedly "ran into" Rodman at the sprawling alpine landscape.

Rodman spotted at N. Korea's lavish ski resort: witness

BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Yonhap) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was spotted at North Korea's new, multimillion-dollar ski resort earlier this week before returning from a controversial trip to the North, according to a witness account seen on Wednesday. An official at Beijing-based tour agency Koryo Tours, which specializes in trips to North Korea, was at the Masik Pass ski resort for two days from Sunday at the North's invite, when he allegedly "ran into" Rodman at the sprawling alpine landscape.

Rodman apologizes for not helping detained US missionary during North Korea trip

BEIJING, China - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman apologized on Monday for not being able to help an American missionary detained in North Korea while he played there to celebrate the birthday of his friend and leader Kim Jong Un. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry I couldn't do anything," Rodman told media on his arrival at Beijing airport from a weeklong trip. "It's not my fault. I'm sorry. I just want to do some good stuff, that's all I want to do." He said he would return to North Korea next month, but gave no details.

Ex-NBA star Rodman ends "amazing" weeklong N. Korea trip

Former U.S. basketball superstar Dennis Rodman on Monday ended his "amazing" one-week trip to North Korea, defending the controversial visit by saying he wanted to show the world that friendship could be cultivated with the country through nonpolitical exchanges. "I am not the president. I am not an ambassador. I am Dennis Rodman, just an individual, showing the world the fact that we can actually get along and be happy for one day," he told a crush of reporters at Beijing airport on arrival from Pyongyang.
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