Jonathan then asked James about Rodman’s standing in South Korea prior to his visit to the North.
“As far as I knew, he was a good [basketball] player, but his manners were very bad,” said James. “Even in Korea, his reputation was not very good.”
Finally, Jonathan told James some people in America were calling for Rodman to be brought up on treason charges for his visit, which was not endorsed by the U.S. State Department.
“I think if some people think like this, it is not fair,” said James. “I think there could be some secret negotiation between North Korea and America [through Rodman] possibly.”
If this was the case, the American government showed no signs of it being true.
“The Pentagon announced Friday it will spend $1 billion to add 14 interceptors to an Alaska-based missile defense system, responding to what it called faster-than-anticipated North Korean progress on nuclear weapons and missiles,” reported the Associated Press. “In announcing the decision, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he is determined to protect the U.S. homeland and stay ahead of a worrisome North Korean missile threat. He acknowledged that the interceptors already in place to defend against potential North Korean missile strikes have had poor test performances.”
For his part, Rodman hasn’t provided much in the way of clarity since returning from his trip. On March 12, the same day the North Korean government announced all treaties with the South to be null and void, Rodman told KVLY-KXJB that he planned a vacation with Kim Jong-un for August. And then, the very next day, he once again inserted himself into another developing world news story.
“Rodman promised to be in St. Peter’s Square … in a makeshift popemobile as he campaigns for Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana to become the first black pope,” reported the AP’s Nicole Winfield on March 13. Rodman, of course, was not successful in this task, as Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis the same day.