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Rodman hugs 'awesome guy' Kim Jong Un, wraps up North Korea visit

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hugs former NBA player Dennis Rodman following a basketball game between the Harlem Globetrotters and North Korean University of Physical Education in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Feb. 28.

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, third right, walks by the base of the Tower of the Juche Idea in Pyongyang, North Korea on March 1.

Ending his unexpected round of basketball diplomacy in North Korea on Friday, ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman called leader Kim Jong Un an "awesome guy" and said his father and grandfather were "great leaders."

Rodman, the highest-profile American to meet Kim since he inherited power from father Kim Jong Il in 2011, watched a basketball game with the authoritarian leader Thursday and later drank and dined on sushi with him. Continue reading.

-- The Associated Press

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