In an interview with the Huffington Post, Dennis Rodman hinted that he may soon return to North Korea in order to push for the release of American missionary Kenneth Bae.
Bae was imprisoned in May for “crimes aimed to topple the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”. At the time, Rodman called on Twitter for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to “do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose”.
His Twitter diplomacy having failed, and apparently over his reticence on talking about North Korea, Rodman hinted to the Huffington Post’s Marc Lamont Hill that he may soon return to the country and personally lobby for Bae’s release.
“I gave [Kim Jong-un] a great indication of when I’m going to Beijing soon – that’s just a hop, skip and a jump from North Korea. So basically, you know, I’m pretty sure I’ll be talking to him soon,” Rodman told Hill.
“I will definitely ask for Kenneth Bae’s release,” he said. “I will say, ‘Marshal, why is this guy held hostage?’ I could try and soften it up in that way.”
“If the Marshal says, ‘Dennis, you know, do you want me to let him loose?’ and then if I actually got him loose – and I’m just saying this out the blue – I’d be the most powerful guy in the world.”
US special envoy for North Korean human rights, Ambassador Bob King, is due to arrive in Pyongyang this week to negotiate for Bae’s release.
[Via: NK News]