Kim Jong Un Wanted Access To ‘Famous’ US Basketball Players As Part Of Deal

DONG DANG, VIETNAM - MARCH 02: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves as he prepares to leave Vietnam by train after a two day official visit preceded by the DPRK-USA Hanoi summit, on March 2, 2019 in Dong Dang, Vietn... DONG DANG, VIETNAM - MARCH 02: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves as he prepares to leave Vietnam by train after a two day official visit preceded by the DPRK-USA Hanoi summit, on March 2, 2019 in Dong Dang, Vietnam. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during his two-day official visit following a failed summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi which ended without agreement. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 10, 2019 8:26 a.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asked for access to “famous” U.S. basketball players as part of an ultimately scuttled deal on denuclearization worked on at the Hanoi summit, according to ABC News.

Kim is reportedly a big fan of the game, sporting Chicago Bulls gear and Nike sneakers. He’s already friendly with ex-player Dennis Rodman, who has traveled to Pyongyang multiple times.

Kim Jong Un’s father Kim Jong Il loved Michael Jordan and requested that he be sent to North Korea. The request was denied, but Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sent him a signed ball.

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