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

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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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