Emotional Dennis Rodman says Kim trying to change North Korea

Kim Kwang Hyon  AP

It's been described as the biggest diplomatic breakthrough of the 21st century, but to former basketball star Dennis Rodman, Tuesday's meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Trump was a lovely moment between two good friends. "And Obama did not give me the time of day - he just brushed me off, but that didn't deter me".

Cuomo, deciding it was safe to ask another question, wondered whether the White House had been in touch with him since his arrival in Singapore. North Korea released Bae later that week. "I just feel like that it (the meeting) nearly didn't happen you know, but I'm glad it did". I still kept going back, I showed my loyalty to this country, and I said to everybody the door will open.

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Rodman most recently traveled to North Korea a year ago as a private citizen. Rodman told CNN's Chris Cuomo, he knew nothing about Kim or North Korea at the time and saw it simply as a charity trip.

The US President and North Korea's leader have finally met. I never started it for no money.

Mr Trump said last week that Mr Rodman had not been invited to the summit.

The former Celebrity Apprentice contestant described Kim as a "big kid" who wants to see the world, openly crying as he spoke.

This is a true story and I've got me people here who heard the conversation.

Rodman appeared on television wearing a red "Make America Great Again" baseball cap and T-shirt that said, "Pot Coin" - a reference to a marijuana cryptocurrency.

Rodman said he was oblivious to the horrors of the communist dictatorship when he first visited North Korea. He added: "People thought that I was trying to overstep my boundaries, thought I was a dignitary, an ambassador, human relations or something like that". He said things like if they can move the (inaudible?) [ I think he said ships] back from South Korea I will do what I have to do to listen. I couldn't go home.

He continued, getting increasingly emotional.

Rodman's ties to Kim blossomed during a controversial visit to North Korea in early 2013, when he called Kim "a friend for life".

Then called "Pak Un", masquerading as the son of an employee of the North Korean embassy, Kim is thought to have attended an English-language global school in Gümligen, near Bern.

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