Dennis Rodman, the unlikely ‘basketball diplomat’, says Kim Jong Un wants to speak to Obama – meanwhile, North Korea’s main newspaper the Rodong has threatened to ‘totally destroy the White House’ at the first signs of current military exercises escalating into conflict.
“He wants Obama to do one thing – call him,” Rodman told ABC news in an interview after the trip. “He said, ‘If you can, Dennis – I don’t want (to) do war. I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.”
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“What I did, was history. And guess what, it’s just like we do in America. We have presidents over here that do the same thing [be immoral]. Bill Clinton can have sex with his secretary and still be powerful,” Rodman told ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos.
When pressed by Stephanopolous on the issue of mass human rights abuses and torture in North Korean prison camps, Rodman said “‘Well guess what, we do the same thing here [presumably referring to Guantanamo]. This is all politics right, he don’t want to do that… This is coming from his father. As a young man, he doesn’t want anything.”
Meanwhile, an aggressive editorial on Saturday by a North Korean newspaper warned ” If aggressors pounce upon us, we will stand in the van of all-people resistance to totally destroy the White House and Chongwadae, the lairs of scoundrels, on the globe” in response to current U.S.-South Korean military drills.
“It is high time to deal a deadly blow at them so that they cannot raise their heads again. Fire should be ruled with fire”, the editorial warned.
In a more low-key visit from a foreign star, North Korean media reported that Japanese conductor Michiyoshi Inoue of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa is currently touring Pyongyang.
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