Rodman Reveals Name of Kim's Secret Baby

Leader's daughter is called Ju-ae, he says

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 9, 2013 1:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dennis Rodman is continuing his habit of yakking about Kim Jong Un, revealing yet more details about the North Korean dictator's daughter. The former NBA star, who wrapped up his second visit to Pyongyang over the weekend, says he held the baby and her name is Ju-ae. Kim's wife Ri Sol Ju was rumored to be pregnant when she disappeared from public view last year, and Rodman has already discussed the child once before, but the regime never announced the birth, Reuters notes. Kim, Rodman adds, is an "awesome guy" and a "good dad" with a "beautiful family."

Rodman—whose visit was sponsored by an Irish betting firm—says he is working on plans for a US-North Korea basketball game and he will see Kim again later this year. "The Marshal Kim and I had a relaxing time by the sea with his family," he tells the Guardian. "We shared many meals and drinks where we discussed our plans to play a historic friendship basketball game between North Korea and the US as well as ways to develop their basketball team."

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives at Pyongyang airport, North Korea last week.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives at Pyongyang airport, North Korea last week.   (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and his wife Ri Sol Ju appear at a public event in Pyongyang last summer.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and his wife Ri Sol Ju appear at a public event in Pyongyang last summer.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, File)
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