Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN on Tuesday that he’s not exactly a fan of former Chicago Bulls player Dennis Rodman serving the U.S. in a diplomatic capacity when asked about the former Chicago Bulls player’s recent visit to North Korea.
“I have great respect for Dennis Rodman as a basketball player,” Kerry reportedly told CNN’s Jill Dougherty, reporting from Doha. “As a diplomat, he was a great basketball player.”
Rodman visited the country last week along with the Harlem Globetrotters. “[Dictator Kim Jong Un is] a good guy to me,” Rodman later told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “Guess what, he’s my friend. Guess what, I don’t condone what he does, but as far as a person to person, he’s my friend.”
The North Korean People’s Supreme Command said Tuesday that it may cancel its cease-fire with South Korea if the U.S. and China’s latest round of economic sanctions is approved by the United Nations Security Council.
The isolated nation, which has a sordid history of human rights abuses, conducted its third nuclear weapons test on Feb. 12.
Rodman said he would not apologize for “my friend” Kim because “we do the same thing here.” He added that Kim simply wants President Barack Obama to “call him,” which may somehow ease tensions.
This video is from CNN, aired Tuesday, March 5, 2013.