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Rodman Leaves North Korea

Posted at: 12/22/2013 9:25 AM
Updated at: 12/23/2013 8:37 AM

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives at the capital airport in Beijing, China for a flight to North Korea Thursday. Rodman will help train North Korea's national team and renew his friendship with the North's young leader Kim Jong Un.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives at the capital airport in Beijing, China for a flight to North Korea Thursday. Rodman will help train North Korea's national team and renew his friendship with the North's young leader Kim Jong Un.
Photo: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

BEIJING (AP) — Former basketball star Dennis Rodman has left North Korea but refused to say whether he met with leader Kim Jong Un on his latest visit.

The two struck up a friendship when Rodman first traveled to the secretive state earlier this year.

Rodman refused to answer questions from the media on his arrival at Beijing's airport Monday.

On Sunday night, he told The Associated Press that he had not yet had a meeting with Kim. He had been in North Korea since Thursday.

His short visit was aimed at finalizing plans to bring 12 ex-NBA players to Pyongyang for a Jan. 8 exhibition game marking Kim's birthday.

Rodman is the highest profile American to meet Kim since the leader inherited power from his father in late 2011.

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