Dennis Rodman, along with a team of fellow former NBA players, arrived in North Korea on Monday for an exhibition match. The game will be for Kim Jong Un’s birthday, as the leader himself wants to show that his country isn’t so bad.
Rodman arrived in the North Korean capital from Beijing with a group of former basketball stars, such as Vin Baker and Cliff Robinson. He calls this a “basketball diplomacy” despite criticism from U.S. officials.
What Rodman Thinks About N. Korea
Before Rodman took his flight in Beijing, he told The Associated Press, “It’s about trying to connect two countries together in the world, to let people know that, do you know what? Not every country in the world is that bad, especially North Korea.” He added, “People say so many negative things about North Korea. And I want people in the world to see it’s not that bad.”
The Dispute between N. Korea and the U.S.
Both countries are not in a good relationship because of North Korea’s nuclear weapon programs. Rodman is seen at fault for not talking about the country’s human rights record, which is being described as among the world’s worst activists.
The exhibition match will happen on Wednesday, Kim Jong Un’s birthday. Rodman said, “Somehow we have to get along, and no matter what disagreements or what discrepancy we have in life. It’s like saying: Why do we have the Olympics? When everyone comes together in the Olympics, there’s no problems. That’s what I’m doing. That’s all I’m doing.”