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Rodman in N. Korea to prep for game on leader's birthday

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 19, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.

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Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman disembarks from a North Korean Air Koryo flight from Beijing as he and his entourage arrive at the international airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday to meet leader Kim Jong Un and put the finishing touches on plans to take 12 ex-NBA players to Pyongyang for a Jan. 8 exhibition game marking the leader's birthday. Rodman said the game is on track despite the recent execution of Kim's uncle in a dramatic political purge.

Rodman's visit comes less than a week after North Korea announced the execution of Jang Song Thaek, an unprecedented fall for one of the most powerful figures in the country. Jang's execution sparked speculation by foreign analysts over the future of the Kim regime.

But officials in Pyongyang say Jang's removal has not caused any instability.

Rodman said in a brief interview at his Pyongyang hotel that he was undaunted by the recent political events.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Fdworfe says... December 19, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.

How exactly does one get a handle on this Dennis Rodman thing in North Korea? If there isn’t already an adage that fits this kind of behavior, or if there is one hiding somewhere, it might go something like this: If you’re gonna be stupid, don’t do it halfway. Any American capable of rational thought who does not view this whole thing with utmost revulsion is hard to imagine. But hey, it could get a whole lot worse. Let’s suppose that on Rodman’s next trip he’ll take along a sizeable coterie of equally brilliant professional ball players to chum with Kim Jong-un. Meanwhile, the rest of the free world nervously wonders who is next on Kim’s list for what passes as due process against a wall from a hail of bullets in North Korea.

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SUPERDUTY says... December 19, 2013 at 2:59 p.m.

Maybe Kim Hung Low will get his whole face pierced with bling, tattoos all over his body, ad last but not least, purple hair. The he could show the world what a leader he is as he looks up to his mentor.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 19, 2013 at 3:17 p.m.

Just remember, it's hard to look up to short people, unless being executed. Just ask Jang Song Thaek

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GrimReaper says... December 19, 2013 at 4:54 p.m.

One lunatic calls on another.............

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flipflop says... December 20, 2013 at 5:57 a.m.

Maybe they will keep the ignorant ghetto thug over there, worthless POS

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NOTAGAIN says... December 20, 2013 at 7:32 a.m.

Remember what they call him, The Worm. Didn't get that for being a stand up kind of guy.

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