|Former American basketball star Dennis Rodman and his fellow players take training for an exhibition game against the DPRK team on January 8, 2014. (Xinhua/AP Photo)
PYONGYANG, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman celebrated the birthday of Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), here Wednesday by taking part in a friendship basketball game, witnesses said.
Before the match, Rodman said, despite some people doubting the purpose of his visit, he simply came to celebrate his good friend's birthday. He also said he did feel the love and enthusiasm the DPRK people have for their leader.
He then sang "Happy birthday to you" in front of Kim, creating a buzz among the audience.
Ex-NBA star defends controversial visit to DPRK
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Former American basketball star Dennis Rodman on Tuesday defended his contentious trip to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying it was a "great idea for the world."
Talking to CNN in an interview from Pyongyang, Rodman reacted belligerently to questions about the trip to DPRK with a group of retired National Basketball Association (NBA) players, claiming it could help "open the door" to the Asian nation.Full story
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Former NBA star Rodman visits DPRK for Kim birthday match
PYONGYANG, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) star Dennis Rodman has arrived here for his fourth trip within a year to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Rodman, along with a team of retired professional basketball players, is reportedly in the capital for an exhibition game on Wednesday to mark the birthday of DPRK's top leader, Kim Jong Un. Full story