Rodman tells Kim Jong Un he has 'friend for life'

Rodman tells Kim Jong Un he has 'friend for life'

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Castmember former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman attends the "Celebrity Apprentice All Stars" Season 13 Bus Tour at on October 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 28, 2013 at 11:52 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman met North Korea's Kim Jong Un on Thursday on the third day of his improbable journey to Pyongyang, telling the leader "You have a friend for life," a delegation spokesman said.

Rodman and Kim sat side by side at an exhibition game in Pyongyang on Thursday, chatting as they watched players from North Korea and the U.S. play in mixed teams, Alex Detrick, a spokesman for the New York-based VICE media company, told The Associated Press.

Rodman later addressed Kim before a crowd of thousands, telling him, "You have a friend for life," Detrick said.

The encounter makes Rodman the most high-profile American to meet with the young North Korean leader, said to be a diehard basketball fan, and comes at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test just two weeks ago, making clear the provocative act was aimed at sending a warning to the United States.

Rodman, three players from the professional Harlem Globetrotters exhibition team, and a VICE television crew are in Pyongyang to shoot a documentary about North Korea for HBO.

Thursday's game in a packed gymnasium ended in a 110-110 draw, with two Americans playing on each team alongside North Koreans, Detrick said.

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