‘I'm not an ambassador’ said former basketball star Dennis Rodman on his arrival to Beijing after visiting North Korea. He spoke briefly to reporters at the airport and thanked the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the visit and hospitality.
"It's amazing that I had the opportunity just to go to North Korea and for the Marshall to give me an opportunity just to be in his presence in the city. This is not a bad deal. I want people in the world, not just America, in the world - I love my country America, I love it. I'll never trade it for nothing in the world - but in the world, I want to show people that no matter what's going on in the world, for one day, just one day, not politics, not all this stuff. I'm sorry about all the people that's gone, I'm sorry. I'm not the president, I'm not an ambassador, I'm Dennis Rodman, just an individual, just showing the world a fact that we can actually get along and be happy for one day. I'd love to see it, I'd love to see it," he said.
Rodman then stopped mid-sentence.... apparently overwhelmed with emotion.
–It was Rodman's fourth visit to the secluded country - this time to mark the birthday of the North Korean leader.
On previous visits, Rodman spent time dining as a guest of Kim, with whom he says he has a genuine friendship, though he did not meet Kim on his third trip.
Last week during an interview on an American TV network, Rodman unleashed a string of obscenities and implied that American missionary Kenneth Bae was responsible for his own incarceration in North Korea. Rodman later apologized saying he had been drinking at the time and was stressed out.