Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong Un Chill, Watch Basketball

Ex-basketball star is first American Kim has met with

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 28, 2013 9:39 AM CST | Updated Feb 28, 2013 12:54 PM CST

(Newser) – Maybe John Kerry should wear a feathered boa and rebound more. North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un has met with exactly zero American diplomats in the 14 months since his father died, but today he sat with Dennis Rodman to watch a basketball game involving North Korean players and the Harlem Globetrotters, reports China's Xinhua. The game—between 12 North Korean players and four Globetrotters—reportedly ended in a 110-110 tie.

Throughout the game, Rodman was seated to Kim's left, and the two talked and laughed without translators. "Although relations between the two countries are regrettable, personally I am a friend of Marshal Kim Jong Un and the DPRK people," said Rodman, according to Xinhua. The Rodman love might run in the family: Gawker has a '90s-era photo of Kim's little brother in a Rodman jersey. Meanwhile, someone could give Rodman a little geography lesson, after he confused North and South Korea in a tweet, reports the USA Today. After Rodman tweeted that he hoped to meet rapper Psy, the "Gangnam Style" star quickly responded with, "I'm from #SOUTH man!!!"

Kim Jong Un hasn't exactly rolled out the red carpet to Americans. But throw Dennis Rodman into the mix, and everything changes...   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman watch an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman watch an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica)
In this April 17, 2012 photo, North Koreans play basketball at a public court in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman, fifth from right, poses with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, in red jerseys, and a production crew for the media upon arrival at Pyongyang...   (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Dennis Rodman from his address at a Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Mass., Friday, Aug. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Dennis Rodman speaks at the departure hall of Beijing Capital International Airport, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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