Dennis Rodman praises Kim Jong Un for modernizing North Korea

Dennis Rodman is entertaining Korea-opportunities.

The former basketball star talked to DuJour magazine about his controversial visits to North Korea, where he’s met with Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and wandered the streets. He says that under the country’s 33-year-old “Supreme Leader,” who came to power in 2011, North Korea is becoming more modern.

“He is changing North Korea so much it is really becoming a 24th century country now,” he said. “It’s more like they took down the ‘Flintstone’ Age and put in the ‘Jetsons.’ Out with the old, in with the new.”

Rodman also said that North Korea, which is handicapped by trade restrictions meant to punish the rogue nation for its aggressive nuclear program, has a style of its own.

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Behind-the-scenes image of Dennis Rodman's interview with Dujour Media, featured in the fall issue and Dujour.com.

Behind-the-scenes image of Dennis Rodman’s interview with Dujour Media, featured in the fall issue and Dujour.com.

(Courtesy/DuJour Media)

“Shopping there is all their own brands,” he told DuJour. “Everything there definitely has that homemade feel. Whether it’s clothing or anything, it’s all pretty much made there.”

Rodman also said that despite being an American celebrity with his own sense of style, he has no pull in Pyongyang.

“You think you’re a famous athlete over here, well, but you feel really small when you go over there,” he said. “People don’t even know you.”

At 6-foot-7 with a pierced face and ever-changing hair colors, the 56-year-old Hall of Famer is hard to miss.

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“You think that you’re cool in America, that you can go anywhere and people recognize you, want your autograph and pictures,” he said. “You go over there, and they just walk right past you.”

By the sound of it, Rodman sleeps just fine while visiting the North Korean dictator.

“I stay in a nice hotel … it’s been there for 200 years,” he said. “I stay in the Jimmy Carter suite. It’s all marble.”

With Brian Niemietz

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