Dennis Rodman returns from his latest trip to North Korea

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STORY: Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman returned on Monday (December 23) from his most recent trip to North Korea, where he said he did not meet his "friend" Kim Jong Un.

Rodman has visited Pyongyang twice before, spending time dining as a guest of Kim, with whom he says he has a genuine friendship.

"No, I don't worry about it, I will see him again," said Rodman upon his arrival at the Beijing airport when asked if he was disappointed that he didn't see Kim.

Referring to the North Korean basketball team he coached during his stay in Pyongyang he said: "It was awesome, man. We're going to be playing in two weeks. We're going to be playing in two weeks."

Rodman intends to return to Pyongyang in January with a team of fellow former National Basketball Association stars to hold basketball games on Kim's birthday.

His latest visit followed the rare public purge of Kim's powerful uncle Jang Song Thaek, who was e

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