Why Is Dennis Rodman Going Back To North Korea?

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By: Iyana Robertson / April 15, 2013

Eccentric and rebellious NBA legend Dennis Rodman made headlines back in February with a controversial trip to North Korea, where he buddied up with communist dictator Kim Jong-un. After being probed by U.S. federal government about his newfound friend, Rodman has now revealed that he will be vacationing in Pyongyang this summer. While at a charity gala in Miami, the former Chicago Bull told the Miami Herald about his return.

“I’m going back August 1,” he said. “We have no plans really, as far as what we’re going to do over there, but we’ll just hang and have some fun!”

Fueling the fire of contention is North Korea’s recent nuclear war threats on the United States. Rodman expressed hopes that the situation would be defused peacefully, but maintained that Jong-un is still his friend.

“I’m not a total idiot,” he said. “I know what Kim Jong-un is threatening to do regarding his military muscle. I hope it doesn’t happen because America will take whatever actions to protect America and our allies. I do think, umm, you know, that we have to talk to people who want to cause us harm so hopefully they won’t.”

While in Tokyo on Sunday (Apr. 14) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters that America was “prepared to reach out” to North Korea, provided that the country begins to take steps against nuclear attacks.

“I think it is really unfortunate that there has been so much focus and attention in the media and elsewhere on the subject of war, when what we really ought to be talking about is the possibility of peace. And I think there are those possibilities,” he said.