Kim Jong-un Watches Basketball Friendly

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju watched a basketball friendly put together by ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman, the official Rodong Sinmun daily said Thursday.

In a rare move, the daily also printed pictures of military Politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae and Prime Minister Pak Pong-ju watching the match with their wives.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju (far left) watch a basketball match in Pyongyang along with top military and party officials and their wives and ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman, in this picture released by the Norths official Rodong Sinmun on Thursday. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju (far left) watch a basketball match in Pyongyang along with top military and party officials and their wives and ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman, in this picture released by the North's official Rodong Sinmun on Thursday.

The move appears aimed at easing tensions in the North following the execution of former eminence grise Jang Song-taek.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 10, 2014 09:48 KST