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  • 7 January 2014, 8:33

Dennis Rodman In North Korea For Kim Birthday

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has landed in North Korea to help its leader celebrate his birthday.

It is the ex-Chicago Bulls star's fourth visit to the secretive nation - and this time he has been joined by a team of retired basketball players.

They will take part in a game to mark Kim Jong-Un's birthday, which is believed to be on Wednesday.

Before Mr Rodman left Beijing airport on his latest visit he told Sky News he "loves" the North Korean leader.

The unlikely friendship dates back to February last year when he accompanied US documentary maker Vice to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.

Sky News understands Mr Rodman initially believed he was going to meet South Korean pop star Psy.

He even tweeted that he might bump into the star behind the hit song Gangnam Style.

It is almost universally accepted that North Korea has the worst human rights record in the world.

However Mr Rodman insisted that would not be on the agenda.

"The only thing we are doing right now, as you can see right now, is all the NBA players here to play a game right now," he said.

"And that's the one thing we're trying to do right now."

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