December 19th, 2013
08:54 PM ET

Paddy Power bets on Dennis Rodman in North Korea

"I am just going to play basketball over there and have some fun."

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea early Thursday morning for third round of what many call - Basketball diplomacy.

He may be the first westerner to meet with his 'friend' Kim Jong Un, since the dictator had his uncle executed for treason last week.

Dennis Rodman lands in North Korea to train basketball team, news agency says

Rodman told reporters "It has nothing to do with me, it has nothing to do with me. I mean, whatever his uncle has done, and whoever's done anything in North Korea, I have no control over that. I mean, these things have been going on for years and years and years."

Rodman says he'll spend four days training the North Korean basketball team and will return in two-week with 12 former NBA players for an exhibition game.

As for politics, he says he's not interested, and despite a plea from Kenneth Bae's sister, he has no plans to discuss the detained American with Kim Jong Un.

Dan Simon has more on Rodman's trip and the controversial betting website, Paddy Power - who is paying for it.

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