Rodman wants to organise basketball games between North Korea, US

Rodman wants to organise basketball games between North Korea, US

NEW YORK CITY - Just back from another visit with his new buddy North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman announced on Monday plans to organise friendship games between North Korea and the United States.

As per an agreement with Mr Kim, the first game will be on Jan 8, Mr Kim's birthday, and the other on the Jan 10, Rodman told a news conference in New York.

He also referred to Mr Kim as "the marshall".

"The marshall told me 'we want people to come here because we are not a bad country,'" the former Chicago Bulls star said. He returned from North Korea on Saturday after a week long visit.

Little is known of Mr Kim's private life in the reclusive and impoverished nuclear-armed state. Rodman confirmed, as he had said earlier to The Guardian, that Mr Kim has a small daughter named Ju Ae and he himself had held her in his arms.

"They gave me his daughter for the first time in history. I held his kid," Rodman said.

Mr Kim succeeded his father Kim Jong Il in December 2011 following the death of the older Mr Kim.

His exact age is not known, although the South Korean press puts it between 29 and 31. Rodman says he is 30.

Since July 2012 it has been known that Mr Kim is married, thanks to official photos that show him beside a young woman at events. His wife Ri Sol Ju looked to be pregnant in shots taken last December.

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