Rodman reveals name of Kim Jong Un’s baby daughterBy AP News Sep 09, 2013 4:50PM UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Retired NBA star Dennis Rodman has revealed the name of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s baby daughter and says he is planning a big announcement following his Pyongyang trip.
Rodman visited North Korea last week, his second trip to the country. Meeting with reporters after returning to China on Saturday, Rodman professed his affection for Kim and made it clear that he has no intention of lobbying for the release of an American detained in the country though he once asked on his Twitter account for his freedom.
On Sunday, Rodman told the British newspaper the Guardian that he and Kim had a “relaxing time by the sea” with the leader’s family and discussed playing a historic friendship basketball game between the U.S. and North Korea.
Rodman said he held Kim’s baby named Ju Ae, spoke with his wife Ri Sol Ju. He also alluded to another visit in December.
After his previous trip in February, Rodman said in a media interview that Ri kept talking about her and Kim’s baby daughter. It was a confirmation of media speculation that there was new baby in North Korea’s ruling family after North Korea’s state TV in January broadcast video of Ri in which she appeared slimmer than in previous months where she appeared to be pregnant.
Rodman said on Twitter that he’ll make a big announcement on Monday.
Rodman’s recent North Korea trip came amid signs of easing tension on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang seeking to restart dormant cooperation projects with Seoul.
But the country last month withdrew its invitation to a U.S. envoy to visit the country to secure the freedom of Kenneth Bae, a Korean American missionary who has been detained in North Korea since November for committing hostile acts. The North cited alleged mobilization of nuclear-capable U.S. bombers during annual military exercise between Seoul and Washington for the cancellation its invitation.