Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong Un Chill, Watch Basketball

Ex-basketball star is first American Kim has met with
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2013 9:39 AM CST
Updated Feb 28, 2013 12:54 PM CST
Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong Un Chill, Watch Basketball
Kim Jong Un hasn't exactly rolled out the red carpet to Americans. But throw Dennis Rodman into the mix, and everything changes...   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

Maybe John Kerry should wear a feathered boa and rebound more. North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un has met with exactly zero American diplomats in the 14 months since his father died, but today he sat with Dennis Rodman to watch a basketball game involving North Korean players and the Harlem Globetrotters, reports China's Xinhua. The game—between 12 North Korean players and four Globetrotters—reportedly ended in a 110-110 tie.

Throughout the game, Rodman was seated to Kim's left, and the two talked and laughed without translators. "Although relations between the two countries are regrettable, personally I am a friend of Marshal Kim Jong Un and the DPRK people," said Rodman, according to Xinhua. The Rodman love might run in the family: Gawker has a '90s-era photo of Kim's little brother in a Rodman jersey. Meanwhile, someone could give Rodman a little geography lesson, after he confused North and South Korea in a tweet, reports the USA Today. After Rodman tweeted that he hoped to meet rapper Psy, the "Gangnam Style" star quickly responded with, "I'm from #SOUTH man!!!" (More North Korea stories.)

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