FORMER NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman emerged from four days in North Korea, calling the leader of one of the world's most reclusive countries "an awesome kid".
Rodman also said Kim Jong-Un's father and grandfather had been "great leaders" – an assessment that got short shrift from the American government.
He watched a basketball game with the authoritarian North Korean leader on Thursday and later drank and dined on sushi with him.
Rodman travelled to Pyongyang with three members of the professional Harlem Globetrotters basketball team and a production crew to shoot a TV episode on North Korea.
Kim, a diehard basketball fan, told the former Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls star that he hoped the visit would break the ice between the United States and North Korea, said Shane Smith of the VICE media company.