Flamboyant former basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a five-day visit to North Korea, his second this year, but said he had no plans to negotiate the release of a jailed American missionary.
There had been speculation that Rodman, who met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in March, would secure the release of Kenneth Bae who was jailed for 15 years for trying to overthrow the North Korean government.
"I'm not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae," Rodman told Reuters in a telephone interview. "I'm just going there on another basketball diplomacy tour."Yeah, speaking up for a missionary might not be such a healthy idea;
Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad nine days ago, according to South Korean reports.
....All 12 were machine-gunned...with other members of North Korea's most famous pop groups and their immediate families forced to watch. The onlookers were then sent to prison camps, victims of the regime's assumption of guilt by association, the reports stated.
....Some of the musicians were also found to have bibles when they were detained and all were treated as political dissidents.Careful, Dennis. Don't make too many friends over there.