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 he has no intention of lobbying for the release of an American detained in the country.
On Sunday, Rodman told The Guardian that he and Kim had a “relaxing time by the sea” with the leader’s family and discussed holding a historic friendship basketball game between the US and North Korea.
Rodman said he held Kim’s baby, named Ju Ae, and 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 a new baby in North Korea’s ruling family after North Korean state TV in January broadcast video of Ri in which she appeared slimmer than in previous months, when she appeared to be pregnant.
“Kim is a great guy and he’s interested in building trust and understanding through sport and cultural exchanges,” Rodman said.