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Rodman on defense over North Korea visit
02:51 - Source: CNN

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Dennis Rodman calls North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un "a very good guy"

Human Rights Watch says Kim has had little effect on North Korea's dismal rights record

Rodman calls on journalists to visit North Korea and see for themselves

North Korea's propaganda machine severely restricts media

CNN  — 

In The World According to Dennis Rodman, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he just saw on his second trip to the country, is quite likable.

“He has to do his job, but he’s a very good guy,” Rodman said Monday at a news conference, announcing plans for a “basketball diplomacy” event that will involve players from North Korea.

Meanwhile, Kim presides over one of the most repressive regimes on Earth.

As Human Rights Watch puts it, Kim’s succession as supreme leader after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in December 2011, “had little impact on the country’s dire human rights record.”

People are subjected to torture and thrown into prison camps based on political charges. Those who have managed to escape describe horror that includes beatings, starvation and executions.