Thursday 18 January 2018

Rodman apologises over outburst at US prisoner

Kim Jongun, centre, next to his wife Ri Solju, left, talks to Dennis Rodman, while watching a basketball game between North Korean players and former NBA players in Pyongyang. KCNA
Kim Jongun, centre, next to his wife Ri Solju, left, talks to Dennis Rodman, while watching a basketball game between North Korean players and former NBA players in Pyongyang. KCNA

James Pearson and David Chance

A DEEPLY embarrassed Dennis Rodman said that he had been drinking when he suggested that an American jailed by North Korea only had himself to blame for landing in jail.

Rodman, who calls himself a friend of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, is visiting the country with fellow US basketball players.

In a statement, Rodman said: "I want to apologise. It had been a very stressful day. My dreams of basketball diplomacy were quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It's not an excuse, but by the time the interview happened I was upset."

Kenneth Bae (45) was sentenced to 15 years' hard labour in 2013. The Supreme Court said he used his tourism business to form groups aimed at overthrowing the government.

Irish Independent

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