Jan. 6 - Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea with other former NBA players to play exhibition match to mark leader Kim Jong Un's birthday. Mana Rabiee reports.
NATS NORTH KOREA AIRPORT Dennis Rodman is in the media spotlight again. The outspoken retired American basketball player is in North Korea. He travelled to the capital Pyongyang on Monday with a team of retired NBA players. They're going to play an exhibition game of basketball to mark the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un. NATS CHINA AIRPORT Rodman departed for Pyongyang from Beijing, China and told reporters he doesn't intend to interfere with North Korean politics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NBA BASKETBALL PLAYER DENNIS RODMAN SAYING: "That's not by job. I'm not a president, I'm not a politician, I'm not an ambassador. I'm just an athlete." This is Rodman's fourth visit to North Korea. He's usually been the guest of Kim, whose birthday is thought to fall on Wednesday. Reporter asking: "What about people who say you shouldn't be playing this game? What do you have to say to them? (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NBA BASKETBALL PLAYER DENNIS RODMAN SAYING: "Are they going to shoot me? Are they going to shoot me? Come on, man" Rodman has described Kim as a friend. His visit follows the public political purge of Kim's powerful uncle who was executed in December.