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AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

KRT - NO ACCESS NORTH KOREA

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA - FEB. 28/MARCH 1, 2013

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

FORMER NBA STAR DENNIS RODMAN LEFT PYONGYANG FRIDAY SINGING THE PRAISES OF NORTH KOREAN LEADER, KIM JUNG UN.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Rodman, US basketball star:

"He's proud, his country like him, and I like him, love him, love him, guess what, yes, yes, I love him, the guy's awesome."

IN AN UNEXPECTED ROUND OF BASKETBALL DIPLOMACY, RODMAN SPENT TIME WITH KIM DURING HIS VISIT TO NORTH KOREA THIS WEEK. TOGETHER THEY WATCHED THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS PLAY AND ATE SUSHI

SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Rodman, US basketball star:

"The most was that one thing, you know what, it was amazing how he was so honest. And one thing that, guess what, his grandfather, and his father were great leaders. And he's such a proud man."

THE BASKETBALL STAR IS THE MOST HIGH-PROFILE AMERICAN TO MEET KIM SINCE HE TOOK POWER IN DECEMBER 2011.

HE ARRIVED MONDAY WITH A TELEVISION CREW AND THREE MEMBERS OF THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS.

THE MEETING TOOK PLACE AMIDST HIGH TENSION BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND PYONGYANG FOLLOWING THE COMMUNIST NATION'S UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR TEST TWO WEEKS AGO.

MATT SMALL/Associated Press