Dennis Rodman in N. Korea for Some Basketball Diplomacy

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Dennis Rodman, a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame and former member of the world champion Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, is engaging in basketball diplomacy with North Korea, similar to ping pong diplomacy in the 1970s that led to improved relations between the United States and China.

Rodman and three members of the Harlem Globetrotters and a camera crew are in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, to shoot footage for a television show that will air on HBO in early April.

"It's true. I'm in North Korea. Looking forward to sitting down with Kim Jung-un. I love the people of North Korea," Rodman tweeted on Tuesday. On Thursday, Rodman got his wish. He sat next to Kim Jung-un during a basketball game between teams from the U.S. and North Korea.

Rodman later told Kim Jung-un before a crowd of thousands, "You have a friend for life," according to news reports.

Kim Jong-un, who took power in North Korea in December 2011, following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, is a fan of the NBA, particularly the Chicago Bulls. Gawker, an online website, posted a photo of Kim Jong-un wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey with Rodman's number, 91.

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