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Dennis Rodman Calls North Korea's Kim Jong Un 'Great Guy' After Visit

Dennis Rodman recent visit to North Korea became the source of a lot of debate between the former NBA star and George Stephanopoulos on ABC's 'This Week'.

Rodman met with leader Kim Jong Un while shooting a sports-themed documentary with three Harlem Globetrotters players in the country.

"He's a good guy to me. He's my friend," Rodman said on the Sunday morning talk show. "I don't condone what he does, but as a person to person, he's my friend."

"Don't you think you have a responsibility to ask him about it, so you don't be perceived as propping up his regime, his cult-ive personality?," asked Stephanopoulos, referring to human rights violations.

"I saw people respect him and his family," Rodman said.

"Aren't they forced to?," Stephanopoulos said with a smile.

"He wants Obama to do one thing. Call him," Rodman said. "He loves basketball. Obama loves basketball. Let's start there. He don't want war. He loves power. He loves control. He's a great guy."

"Presidents over here do the same thing, right? Bill Clinton could do one thing, have sex with his secretary, do one thing, and really get away with it and still be powerful."

As the interview came to an end, Stephanopoulos handed Rodman a study from Human Rights Watch about North Korea's abuses.

"Well either way, either way -- guess what, though -- guess what -- thank you for the report," Rodman replied. "Guess what, guess what, don't hate me. Don't hate me. Guess what. Don't hate me. Guess what. Don't hate me."

Before his visit, Rodman displayed some of his ignorance on Twitter as he said "maybe" he would meet 'Gangnam Style' star Psy on his trip. But the singer quickly corrected him that he was in South Korea.

Watch the bizarre interview below:

March 4, 2013 |

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