Kim Jong-un and Rodman: Indiscernible vs. Inexplicable
What did we learn from former NBA star's trip to North Korea?
- Duration 6:11
- Date Mar 4, 2013
What did we learn from former NBA star's trip to North Korea?
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On Sunday morning.
-- George Stephanopoulos did you see it.
Before basketball star use the word awesome to describe the leader one of the most repressive nations on the planet now has a message for the leader of the free world.
Dennis Rodman last week returned from a trip to North Korea where -- hung out what -- the younger for a couple of days.
-- is clearly the highest profile Americans -- meet with North Korean leader since he assumed power from his late father.
The -- probable told ABC news and This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
That Kim Jong-un.
Wants to talk with a mr.
-- Obama to do when they haul him he wants a call from President Obama that's right he told me that is that if you candidates.
I don't want -- war.
I don't want to war.
He said that to me.
Apparently they did not discuss the millions of north Koreans were starving for the nation's many prison camps or political opponents.
The fox four chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt is with the yet he wasn't announced as a guest for Stephanopoulos of switching around Obama picked.
-- this -- -- -- -- the ones that.
Nixon stepped -- didn't drop but all kinds of knowledge what on -- does he Wear again and we don't tell more about how much he loves Kim Jung on how -- -- -- the younger is -- -- also told.
A little bit -- -- the younger his own personality.
And -- Rodman with all his insight believes drives the North Korean leader -- -- Then.
You less power.
Costs of us know.
-- or somebody that what you this is a great guy does a great guidance should go and talk to him you know.
Perception is -- how things great guy that's 200000 people in prison camps.
Well you know and guess what -- -- we do the same thing here we have prison camps union army hasn't come guess what it's all politics right.
Stephanopoulos -- did Dennis Rodman a copy of the latest Human Rights Watch report on North Korea and suggested he read.
That -- and what they serve in the ABC green room but you know poppy seed muffins can get into trouble -- fifth.
-- so the president called gimmick in the -- actually picked up front right away on Rodman's advice now of the very seriously and.
Instead of spending money.
On celebrity sporting events to entertain the elites of that country the North Korean regime should focus on the wellbeing of its own people who have been starved.
Imprisoned and denied their human rights.
We have urged the North Korean leadership to -- president Obama's call to choose the path of peace and come into compliance.
With its international obligations.
Apparently there may be one more -- to feed it in North Korea Kim Jong Clinton's wife.
Who was pregnant it seems certainly sporting what looked like a baby bump.
Just a couple of months ago at this particular event now according to South Korean media.
Does not have said that baby bump and they believe a child may have been bold a lot of North Korea watchers say if it'd be a ball a we would have -- a lot more about it from the North Korean so there.
Predicting that this was at predicting that saying that this was actually a girl -- or what went wrong oil but I heard that is there is that it all right Johnny thank you.
Former assistant secretary -- PJ Crowley is with us now currently professor.
Of practice at at George Washington University.
In the DC PJ good afternoon -- shepherd.
This is just so it's this a little weird.
The fifth you -- -- can you couldn't make this up.
You have one of the youngest and most reclusive leaders on earth you know talking to one of the -- spirits.
In the history of the NBA so you have the you know indiscernible talking to the inexplicable.
-- But we did learn a little something I mean from from your reporting week.
We learned it can the younger apparently speaks -- little English.
I don't know what else -- -- he he knows all basketball you don't wanna go to war obviously it's a war that he would lose you know -- North Korea ever ever attempt one.
And and you know it.
The -- now that he's got diplomatic relations with rotten -- -- stand refine its not gonna get him very far.
But obviously when when these guys do come outer when he comes out.
You do see some things and obviously when when the vice media show Yahoo! is -- I think -- have a strong suspicion that our intelligence experts will be.
Watching that very attentively.
You know it I wonder though -- the younger invites it is Rodman over.
Or actually they went on their own they hope this have can the younger in the audience and sure enough there was.
You you wonder if this sort of backdoor or seemingly worthless contact might eventually.
Pay some dividends that we can figure out how to get more people in and out of their learn a little something.
-- we I mean we do have diplomat we do have we don't have diplomatic relations formally but we have the ability to communicate.
With North Korea when we need to and then there's another thing called a track to.
You know where policy experts Bill Richardson.
Among others have made -- you know a periodic trips to North Korea and that we have the opportunity to have dialogue through those.
Maybe you put Rodman -- a track for.
-- track five I mean obviously if you don't hit if Kim Jong-Il that you can John -- Is relying on Dennis Rodman for legitimization.
Of his odious regime he's in bigger trouble than we already think he has and -- Think well why why wouldn't the president -- Help help him understand.
Why -- it's it's not going to happen because that's the kind of attention that.
North Korea wants all of their leaders have wanted that and yet we got to remember that they just exploded nuclear device it just exploded our test test -- missile.
Their behavior is irresponsible.
How -- -- this morning that.
That -- Kim Jong-un has a better chance of being Pope.
They're getting a call from the -- -- -- states.
Well -- -- -- -- get you all the cardinals their first so they can make some decisions apparently that's very difficult here and when they're hitting.
-- it's good to see you thank you aren't separate.