Despite the world’s worries over North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, retired professional basketball player Dennis Rodman contends in a new interview that “little guy” Kim Jong Un is “just like anybody else,” and even claims the dictator stated, “I don’t want to bomb anyone.”
Rodman claims that Kim loves the U.S., citing the dictator’s incessant listening to the “Rocky” and “Dallas” theme songs as evidence.
In the interview with DuJour Magazine, Rodman talked about the six times he has visited North Korea since 2013, asserting that he has developed such a close relationship with Kim that “No one’s ever held his baby before but me.”
“When he’s around his people, he’s just like anybody else,” he said about Kim.
“He jokes and loves playing basketball, table tennis, pool. They love American ’80s music. They do karaoke. He has this 13-piece girls’ band with violins. He loves the Doors and Jimi Hendrix. When I first went, the live band only played two songs for four hours—the theme songs from ‘Rocky’ and ‘Dallas.’”
Rodman added, “When I first went there it was so . . . communist. Dry and dreary, like ‘The Walking Dead.’ But the third time I went there, wow. [Pyongyang] changed a lot. [Kim] is building all these new condos and hotels. He built the largest water park in the world, a ski resort and this big bowling alley.”
Rodman also had the opportunity to visit the “frozen” bodies of Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and father in a mausoleum, and said the experience “shocked” him.
According to Rodman, “The grandfather is in the middle of the room . . . and he’s frozen. That’s a true story!” Rodman contended that, “150,000 people go in a day. They have to wear black suits. You see them crying the whole time.”
Regarding Kim’s nuclear aspirations, Rodman said, “He’s saying the reason why they have the nuclear bombs is because they know that Americans think they can take over. He says, ‘I don’t want to bomb anyone. But we keep our nuclear weapons because we’re such a small country — that’s the only way we can defend ourselves.’ They just want people in America and the government to know they don’t hate Americans. They want to work with Americans.”
H/T: Page Six
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