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Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 03/03/2013

Dennis Rodman on North Korea’s Kim Jong Eun: ‘He’s a good guy to me’

ABC's George Stephanopoulos interviewing Dennis Rodman Sunday. (ABC)

Dennis Rodman, fresh off his trip to North Korea, returned from his self-appointed diplomatic mission with some thoughts about a “great guy”: President Kim Jong Eun. “I’m not apologizing for him,” Rodman told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “You know, he’s a good guy to me. Guess what? He’s my friend. Guess what? I don’t condone what he does, but as a person to person, he’s my friend.”

The NBA Hall of Famer spent last week in the country — with members of the Harlem Globetrotters and a HBO film crew in tow — and said he was impressed by Kim’s leadership. Rodman claims that he now knows more about Kim than any other other American, saying that the North Korean dictator doesn’t want war but does want President Obama to call him.

“[Kim] loves basketball,” he told Stephanopoulos. “And I said the same thing. I said: ‘Obama loves basketball. Let’s start there. . . both of you guys love basketball so much.’” Rodman said he’s going back for another visit to find out more: “Don’t hate me. Guess what? Don’t hate me.”

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