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Dennis Rodman: North Korea Leader Wants Obama To Call

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AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 1:  Dennis Rodman poses with his family during the retirement ceremony of his Detroit Pistons #10 on April 1, 2011 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

AUBURN HILLS, MI – APRIL 1: Dennis Rodman poses with his family during the retirement ceremony of his Detroit Pistons #10 on April 1, 2011 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — North Korea’s young leader has riled the U.S. with recent nuclear tests, but Kim Jong Un doesn’t really want war with the superpower, just a call from President Barack Obama to chat about their shared love of basketball, according to unlikely diplomat Dennis Rodman, the ex-NBA star just back from an improbable visit to the reclusive communist country.

“He loves basketball. … I said Obama loves basketball. Let’s start there” as a way to warm up relations between the U.S. and North Korea, Rodman told ABC television’s “This Week.”

“He asked me to give Obama something to say and do one thing. He wants Obama to do one thing, call him,” said Rodman, who called the authoritarian leader an “awesome guy” during his trip. The State Department criticized North Korea last week for “wining and dining” Rodman while its own people go hungry.

Rodman also said Kim told him, “I don’t want to do war. I don’t want to do war.”

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