When last we left Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator was threatening to turn Washington and Seoul into “a sea of flames” with “lighter and smaller nukes”. What a chubby funster.
Anyway, when it comes to North Korea, there’s a lot of tension in the room. How will we diffuse it?
Wait, is that Dennis Rodman’s entrance music I hear?
Yep, Rodman has returned to North Korea, where he infamously cuddled up to Kim on a “basketball diplomacy mission” back in February. The two watched basketball, went for ice cream and exchanged iPod playlists.
That trip was for Vice media, which shot a documentary for HBO. This time the trip is being sponsored by the Irish gambling site Paddy Power, which previously paid for Rodman to visit the Vatican to promote betting on the new Pope.
It’s not exactly George Clooney in the Sudan, is it?
“I’m not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae,” the Basketball Hall of Fame member told Reuters in a telephone interview. “I’m just going there on another basketball diplomacy tour.”
Kenneth Bae is an American citizen who has been sentenced to prison in North Korea.
“I’m just trying to go over there to meet my friend Kim, the Marshal,” Rodman said. “Try to start a basketball league over there, something like that.”
He called Kim, 30, who rules unchallenged in a country where there are an estimated 150,000-200,000 prisoners in work camps, “an awesome kid”.
How could you not think Kim Jong Un is awesome?