Rodman Heads to North Korea to Visit Dictator

The basketball star hopes Kim Jong Un will release an imprisoned American.
2:22 | 09/04/13

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Now, the latest strange diplomacy from dennis rodman. The flamboyant former nba star is back in north korea to visit the dictator he calls his friend, kim jong-un. And the family of an american missionary in prison there hopes it's more about basketball. Reporter: Dennis rodman is back in north korea this morning. A trip he calls another basketball diplomacy tour. Follow-up visit to north korea's dictator, kim jong-un. We're here to visit him, see how he's doing. See how the family's doing. And revisit the country. Reporter: The nba hall of famer turned international diplomat told reporters he was planning a five-day visit but denied speculation that his visit was linked to a possible negotiation for the release of 44-year-old korean-american kenneth bae, arrested and currently serving 15 years. Bae is accused of smuggling anti-government propaganda into the country. My plan is come over here not to be a diplomat. To be a friend of the marshal. Reporter: Abc news spoke to bae's son who says rodman is his family's last hope. It is not likely rodman will be able to bring my father home. But miracles happen. If anyone can bring him back, it's someone who calls kim jong-un a friend. I'm an athlete. I know that the marshal, he loves sports. He loves basketball. Me and him have something in common. Reporter: Rodman has been planning this trip since he returned from north korea in march and drew heavy criticism for his public praise and admiration of kim jong-un during his interview with george stephanopoulos. You said you loved kim and think he's awesome. Were you aware of his threats to destroy the united states and his regime's horrendous record on human rights? I hate the fact that he's doing that. But that's a human being, though. He's been a friend. Reporter: It might be a little hard to hear what he said. He just said that he now considers kim jong-un as a friend of his, which is very controversial. But sadly, rodman is really the only american getting in right now. The u.S. Human rights envoy, robert king was supposed to travel to north korea last week. To negotiate a hopeful release of kenneth bae. But that invitation was suddenly rejected. And his family putting so much hope on dennis rodman. Bob woodward, thank you. Now, to a major consumer

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