Leaving NKorea, Rodman calls Kims 'great leaders'

Updated: March 1, 2013, 10:51 PM ET
Associated Press

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Ending his unexpected round of basketball diplomacy in North Korea on Friday, ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman called leader Kim Jong Un an "awesome guy" and said his father and grandfather were "great leaders" -- an assessment that got short shrift from the U.S. government.

Rodman, the highest-profile American to meet Kim since he inherited power from father Kim Jong Il in 2011, watched a basketball game with the authoritarian leader Thursday and later drank and dined ...

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