Rodman visits North Korea to train national team

Rodman was met at Pyongyang’s airport by Vice Sports Minister Son Kwang Ho.

Written by Associated Press | Pyongyang | Published:December 20, 2013 5:16 am

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea Thursday to help train the national team and renew his friendship with the North’s young leader,Kim Jong-un,a visit unaffected by the recent execution of Kim’s uncle in a dramatic political purge.

Rodman was met at Pyongyang’s airport by Vice Sports Minister Son Kwang Ho. He made no public comments,but told a mob of reporters earlier at Beijing’s airport that he expected,as on previous visits,to meet with Kim and make final arrangements for a Jan. 8 exhibition game in Pyongyang marking the leader’s birthday.

“I know (Kim) is waiting for me to come back. So hopefully we will have some conversation about some things that’s going to help the world,” Rodman said. His visit comes less than a week after the execution of Jang Song Thaek.

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