US Government Slams North Korea for Wining and Dining Dennis Rodman

by March 01, 2013
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Dennis Rodman’s completely insane adventure in North Korea has come to an end. And the U.S. government is none too pleased with the antics that took place. It released a statement today, putting the North Korean government on blast for showing The Worm a good time while its own people starve. (So much for “basketball diplomacy”.) Per the AP: “At Pyongyang’s Sunan airport on his way to Beijing, Rodman said it was ‘amazing’ that the North Koreans were ‘so honest.’ He added that Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s founder, ‘were great leaders.’ … ‘He’s proud, his country likes him — not like him, love him, love him,’ Rodman said of Kim Jong Un. ‘Guess what, I love him. The guy’s really awesome.’ At Beijing’s airport, Rodman pushed past waiting journalists without saying anything. Rodman’s visit to North Korea began Monday and took place amid tension between Washington and Pyongyang. North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test just two weeks ago, making clear the provocative act was a warning to the United States to drop what it considers a ‘hostile’ policy toward the North. The State Department on Friday distanced itself from Rodman’s visit and his praise for Kim, saying he doesn’t represent the United States. ‘The North Korean regime has a horrific human rights record, quite possibly the worst human rights situation in the world,’ spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters in Washington. He accused the regime of depriving their people of food, shelter, water and maintaining prison gulags. Ventrell also took aim at Pyongyang for its grand treatment of the visiting basketball stars. ‘Clearly you’ve got the regime spending money to wine and dine foreign visitors, when they should be feeding their own people,’ he said.”