Dennis Rodman may think he and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are best buddies, but escapees of the Hermit Kingdom say the oddball NBA Hall of Famer is more doormat than diplomat.
“You think Kim Jong Un is your friend, but he is just using you,” Jo Jin Hye, a North Korean refugee who has become a human rights advocate working with U.S.-based North Korea Freedom Coalition and is founder of NKinUSA told FoxNews.com in a message directed at Rodman.
“He’s friendly with you just so he can mislead his people,” she said. “He wants to make them think that the outside world accepts their leader.”
“You think Kim Jong Un is your friend but he is just using you.”
- Jo Jin Hye, North Korean refugee
Jo, who most recently testified before the UN Commission of Inquiry on the atrocities committed in her homeland, added that many who have made it out of North Korea are angry that Rodman is currently in North Korea extolling the virtues of Kim, who he has called his “friend.” On Wednesday, Rodman sang "Happy Birthday" to Kim before taking to the court with a group of former NBA players in an exhibition game with North Korean players.
“I don’t understand why he would go there,” Jo said. “He [Rodman] says they are friends, but how can he be friends with someone like Kim Jong Un? He has killed members of his own family like animals.