Rodman: Kim is ‘probably a madman’
FORMER American basketball legend Dennis Rodman has finally admitted his "best friend" Kim Jong-un is "probably a madman" - but says he still enjoys singing karaoke with the crackpot dictator.
And the ex-NBA superstar has also revealed the first thing the North Korean leader asked him when they met was: "Mr Rodman, can we trust you?"
Rodman, who's previously admitted he also skis and rides horses with Kim, spoke about his missile-mad mate while appearing on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert - and described the warmongering leader as being "more like a kid than anything".
Colbert's introduction for Rodman, 56, was fitting, calling him a "five time NBA champion and possibly all that is standing between us and thermonuclear war with North Korea".
Oddball Rodman told Colbert: "I don't really judge people, you know, by their colour. I don't judge where they come from.
"I just judge people where, you know, we're all human beings. You know, throughout the day, we're all human beings.
"It's funny though that I don't see how people can sit there and say that this person is a 'madman.' He probably is, but I didn't see that. But he probably is."
He added: "When I went over there, the first thing he (Kim) said to me was, 'Mr. Rodman, we just want to know, can we trust you?' I said, 'Absolutely.' And that's how our conversation started."
Rodman said the reins of the regime were passed down to Kim, adding: "He's more like a kid than anything."
To which Colbert retorted: "He's a kid, but he's a kid with nuclear weapons."
But defending his bromance, Rodman said trigger-happy Kim "wants to change his culture", and that with each visit Kim "has changed so much for the people".
Rodman's comments come as tensions are increasingly strained between the US and North Korea, with fiery rhetoric being shot from both sides.
North Korea at the beginning of December said the US is "begging for war".