US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un have been involved in several war wars and throwing insults at each other. But former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman says Trump and Kim Jong-Un have similarities.
Rodman, a former Chicago Bulls basketball player, Kim Jong-Un's favorite team, has visited North Korea several times. He has also participated in the television show ' Celebrity Apprentice ' which Trump guided. Rodman dismissed Trump on the popular television show.
As reported by AFP Wednesday (13/12/2017), Rodman expressed his belief that Trump and Kim Jong-Un are both unpredictable, "They like to control," Rodman told AFP in Beijing, China, on Tuesday (12/12) local time.
Furthermore, Rodman calls nuclear threat from North Korea a 'entertainment' that is not dangerous. "No one puts his finger on the button," he added.
As tensions continue to rise between the United States and North Korea, the 56-year-old Rodman sets himself up as an 'international peace maker' who is ready to help create opportunities between the two countries.
Rodman believes he can 'ease' tensions and help communication between the US and North Korea. When he visited North Korea in 2013 and 2014, Rodman called Kim Jong-Un 'giving three things … to be presented to the US president'.
"They (North Korea-red) asked us: Can you go back to America to have them do these things for us?" Rodman said.
For many years, Rodman kept secret the three North Korean requests he called 'reasonable enough'. That's because, according to Rodman, Kim Jong-Un told him that being 'mediator' could endanger his life.
The North's request was delivered when Trump was not a US President. "Everything between me, (Kim) and Donald Trump – this is a different dynamic right now.I tell him (Trump-red) that I have three things to say to you, and after that, he asks me to leave, "Rodman said.
Rodman arrived in China on Monday (11/12) local time, after a visit to Tokyo, Japan and Guam, the US territory in the Pacific. He hopes to return to visit Pyongyang, which he has visited five times, to create a documentary and write a book about his relationship with Kim Jong-Un. But his hopes were blocked by US government rules that prohibit any citizen from visiting the North.
(nvc / ita)