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News ID: 336
Publish Date: 8:54 - 04 March 2013
Tehran, YJC. Flamboyant retired NBA star Dennis Rodman who has met N. Korea's leader believes that he doesn't want war.
Dennis Rodman Sunday defended his trip to North Korea, saying leader Kim Jong-Un does not seek war but does want one thing - a call from US President Barack Obama.

When asked about Kim's human rights record, Rodman admitted he himself was "not a diplomat" and told ABC News: "I'm not apologizing for him. (...) I don't condone what he does." But he reiterated that Kim was now a "friend."

Rodman said that Kim, who took power in the isolated state after his father Kim Jong-Il died in December 2011, told him: "'I don't want to do war. I don't want to do war.' He said that to me."

Rodman's access to Kim raised more than a few eyebrows among Pyongyang watchers. It came as the UN Security Council continues to debate how to punish North Korea for carrying out the February 12 nuclear test.
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