Rodman leaves NKorea without word if he met leader
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman left North Korea on Monday,
but didn’t answer questions from the media on whether he had met
with leader Kim Jong Un on his latest visit.
The two struck up a friendship when Rodman first traveled to the
secretive state earlier this year.
Rodman declined to answer questions from reporters on his
arrival at Beijing’s airport.
On Sunday night, he told The Associated Press that he had not
yet had a meeting with Kim. He arrived in North Korea on Thursday,
a week after North Korea announced the execution of Kim’s
once-powerful uncle, sparking speculation by foreign analysts over
the future of the Kim regime.
Rodman’s short visit was aimed at finalizing plans to bring 12
ex-NBA players to Pyongyang for a Jan. 8 exhibition game marking
Rodman is the highest profile American to meet Kim since the
leader inherited power from his father in late 2011.