The eccentric former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman was on his way back home from North Korea last Saturday but had no news about a Korean American who is in jail there for unspecified crimes against the regime.
Rodman's latest visit to Pyongyang came right after the North canceled an invitation to U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues Robert King, who wanted to try and win Kenneth Bae's release.
Bae was arrested in November 2012.
Rodman (52) told reporters on arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport that he discussed "peace" and "sports" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "I am doing this game here, an international game in North Korea, with their team and my team, hopefully it can do some really good stuff,” he said.
Kim "is my friend for life. I don't care what you guys think about him," he added.
Rodman released dozens of photos of himself having dinner with Kim and watching a basketball game with Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju.
But he added, "That's not my job to ask about Kenneth Bae." When pressed by reporters, CNN quoted Rodman as shouting, "Ask [U.S. President Barack] Obama about that, ask Hillary Clinton."
Meanwhile, AP quoted Rodman as saying in an interview in Pyongyang, "Kim Jong-un really actually wants to change things."