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Rodman talks North Korea in latest interview

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Dennis Rodman was still glowing about the trip he made to North Korea in January and the basketball exhibition he staged for Kim Jong Un's birthday.

The former NBA star said in an interview with "DuJour" Magazine that he was still impressed with the show of worship Kim Jong Un received when he entered the arena.

"I was just so- just amazed just to see the people crying. I mean literally crying," he said.

Some of the interview was on video, but in the more substantive portion, Rodman wanted just the audio recorded.

He told DuJour that Kim Jong Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was still alive when he was there.

Interviewers were skeptical and asked again if the uncle was alive.

"He was standing right there," Rodman said.

This is news despite reports from North Korea's own government news agency the previous month that Kim had had his uncle executed for treason.

Rodman also said he paid the other former NBA stars who accompanied him to North Korea "$30,000-35,000 each" out of his own pocket.

He said he held Kim's baby and portrayed the uneven, volatile young dictator as something like a cruise director.

Rodman admitted he was drunk for part of the time and said he went to rehab after returning from North Korea.

Rodman remains the only American ever to have personal, face-to-face meetings with Kim Jong Un.

He said that Kim wanted to change that.

"He really, really wants to talk to Obama. He says it- I mean, he can't say it enough. He say he don't want to bomb nobody. That he don't want to kill Americans," Rodman said.
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