Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un are basically BFFs now, planning a vacation together

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un are basically BFFs now, planning a vacation together
In this Feb. 28, 2013 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/VICE Media, Jason Mojica, File)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former professional basketball star Dennis Rodman says he plans to return to North Korea to vacation with Kim Jong Un.

Rodman met with the authoritarian leader in late February during a visit that was not endorsed by the U.S. State Department. The visit came during a period of tension between the countries over North Korea's nuclear weapons testing.

Rodman traveled to Fargo, N.D., over the weekend for a promotional appearance at a local bar. The former Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls star told KVLY-KXJB (http://bit.ly/ZFvL1t ) that he doesn't think Kim wants war and that he considers the leader a friend even though he doesn't condone what he does.

Rodman said he plans to return to North Korea in August to vacation with Kim, who is a diehard basketball fan.

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