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‘I took bullets’: Weepy Dennis Rodman claims credit for Trump-Kim summit

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Kim Jong Un left and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang North Korea Feb. 28 2013

The rebounding champ has for years visited North Korea, striking up an unlikely friendship with NK leader (and massive basketball fan) Kim Jong Un, in a series of pro-diplomacy overtures that - while decidedly controversial at times - look to have actually helped clinch this week's historic talks.

Rodman is one of the more unlikely side characters of the Trump era, thanks to his understandable friendship with the US president - and freakish one with North Korean dictator. "I got so many death threats".

While a majority of Americans support sanctions, most also support military intervention to protect allies. "We sat down for lunch and he said: 'If you go back to the president of the USA, I'd be willing to talk to him". I think that if President Trump goes in there with a great heart, with his heart on the table and let Kim Jong-un see him really emotional ... it ain't got to be about war, it ain't got to be about hatred or what happened in the past.

Rodman recalled speaking to then president Barack Obama about these conditions, but "Obama didn't even give me the time". I still kept going back. I never had no one to hear me, I had no one to see me. Rodman even said he "showed my loyalty and trustworthy to this country" by being present at the historic summit.

North Korea and the United States appear to be warming up relations after spending most of 2017 on the brink of nuclear war. "This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to go to America".

"This is not about Dennis Rodman being the greatest person in the world, bringing the countries together", Rodman said. "But that didn't deter me".

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Upon returning from a trip to North Korea in 2014, Rodman checked into rehab.

"Today is a great day for everybody, Singapore, Tokyo, China".

White House officials have said that Rodman would play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations.

Asked if he would meet Mr Kim in Singapore, he said he thought the North Korean leader had "bigger things to worry about", but added that every time he had met with Mr Kim, it had been a surprise. He also said that he understands English when he talks about basketball, a sport North Koreans allegedly enjoy.

While Rodman was hopeful and grateful for the summit, he pointed out correctly that it's just the start of what will be a long process. "I said to everybody, the door will open", he said.

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