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In North Korea, ‘nobody is safe’

December 19th, 2013
12:01 PM ET

The world's most unlikely lone-ranger diplomat, Dennis Rodman, has gone to North Korea for his third visit.

This time, he is there to prepare for "the big bang from Pyongyang" - an upcoming basketball extravaganza between North Koreans and former NBA stars, for leader Kim Jong Un's birthday.

Rodman is clearly undeterred by the shocking news this week.

His "good friend," the increasingly ruthless Kim, ordered his own uncle executed last week.

State media said the husband of Kim Jong Il's sister was "human scum", who "dared to dream different dreams".

How to decipher what’s coming next...?

As the former British ambassador to North Korea, John Everard knows the Hermit Kingdom better than almost any other Westerner.

“They'll all be thinking, if Jang Song Thaek can be removed from power and executed, then nobody is safe,” he told Amanpour.

Click above to see the full interview.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. kimoy

    Where's the link for the full interview?

    December 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • JJ

      Good question.

      December 20, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
  2. Justice NK

    How do you compare this tattoo filled, dirty, cheating basketball prayer, to Lone ranger? One must realize that North Korea is a trap for Americans North America or South Americans.

    December 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  3. Korea Veteran

    "After their leader Kim Jong Un had his own uncle executed, how do ordinary North Koreans feel?"

    As long as North Koreans have no voice, we'll never know....

    December 20, 2013 at 3:44 am | Reply
  4. Bob

    Or as the home page link says, "No on is safe in North Korea"...

    December 20, 2013 at 6:57 am | Reply
  5. Mario

    Dont know who is the biggest clown Jong or Rodman

    December 20, 2013 at 7:00 am | Reply
  6. Edmilson Alvarenga

    God save North Korea

    December 20, 2013 at 7:54 am | Reply
  7. Jenny

    Stop warmongering, U.S. And/or CNN.

    December 20, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
  8. dwayne

    I wonder if Rodman has gotten used to the dog steaks yet?

    December 20, 2013 at 9:06 am | Reply
  9. Dave

    Rodman does understand that if the ex-NBA guys beat NK in the basketball game they are as good as toast doesn't he? If NK doesn't win then no player, from either side, will be allowed to leave the court alive. This guy is wacko and I can't believe that Rodman would set himself like this.

    December 20, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • rexedie

      i was thinking the same thing. he executes his uncle to demonstrate how crazy he can be if he wants to. definitely a psycho. rodman better watch his back or his groin) ... i think kim lil dick has penis envy....

      December 20, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
  10. So why are Americans allowed to go there.

    We're banned from visiting Cuba and they've never been at war with us.

    Funny, that.

    December 20, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • s~

      Wasn't Bay of Pigs technically a war... it was an invasion for sure.

      December 20, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
  11. shackleton

    so what happens to rodmen and the NBA players after they embarrass the north korean team? labor camps?

    December 20, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply

    Those who serve in the Army in North Korea are trained to kill (even their own family members) with no remorse.

    December 20, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
  13. Richard

    This is news? Since when has ANYBODY been safe in NK?

    December 20, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
  14. Knucklehead

    What becomes of the losers of this game?

    December 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  15. Dennis

    North Koreans need to fight for North Korea

    December 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  16. todd

    I love North Koreas state-of-the-art technology, a "FAX MACHINE".

    December 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  17. billy vidal

    not only north korea ,, the planet now are in danger

    December 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  18. alexander hughes

    i believe that kim will make considerable negotiations with south korea and the international community... now that he's killing off his possible dissenters and executioners... we should wait and see...and for god's sake the american team must lose the order to save the lives of the korean basket ball case i am wrong!!!

    December 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  19. Micky

    He is a dictator. The only one with absolute power. That will be his down fall .Soon if not already he will think everyone is out to get him.

    December 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  20. Johnny

    Kim Jong Un is not alone in that dramatic extermination campaign. I think he is just a pawn in the game of chess..

    December 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  21. michael

    Kim beaks into song with D. Rodman "the Power and the Money.....just spending all our in the worka's paradise!

    December 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  22. Texas

    Anyone who goes to North Korea is a total idiot! Let the nasty nation kill each other.

    December 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  23. Kojo

    My dad, before he died, told me, son, 'stupidity is not an in-born trait but a habit that is acquired over a period of time from ones actions and/ or inactions'. Clearly, Rodman 'careless about politics' as he claims but if he: Rodman, did not hear the rains come, didn't he see the wet ground the following day? This kid-president just executed the uncle.The dead uncle just dared dream and claping his hand hafely, his sin for being executed. Rodman you really fit my dad's definition.

    December 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  24. lascala

    With North Korea, 'no country Is safe'

    December 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  25. Kim Jong Un

    Don't act like I'm the only one who ever felt like killing relatives around the holidays.

    December 22, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
  26. outspoken

    The man was caught red handed and he wanted to overthrow the regime. He was cooking something in Kitchen.

    December 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  27. johnny

    Rodman could be spying for DPRK andproviding much needed information by DPRK on American military in South Korea. I suspect his talk about his basketball diplomacy attempt is a sham.

    December 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  28. Kim C. Hee

    There is no crime in N. Korea except that comitted by the State.

    December 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  29. Swagger

    This is not any fare,may be there might be a brave leader to make this happiness in north korea,sorry for all being in such situation,from Africa Tanzania

    January 1, 2014 at 3:39 am | Reply
  30. Joseph of Aramathia

    When you start bumping off your uncle, then everyone will be looking for an opportunity to do away with Kim Jung un. Something similar happened at the end of the French Revolution and it will happen here too. This will all end with North Korea getting enough leaders to secretly plan a coup against this young Hitler protoge and they will execute him and it will probably happen before he's seen his 45th birthday. In fact, it was probably his uncle who was already seeing how evil and rediculous this spoiled brat is and he was likely planning on removing him and, thereby, saving the country when Kim Jung un learned of it. But the motivation was probably all the foolishness that Jung un was spouting off earlier this year. No one wants their country to be in the hands of an infantile, immature deranged individual.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Reply

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