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Former American basketball start Dennis Rodman has arrived in Pyongyang with a team of 12 retired players to play an exhibition game in honor of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's birthday.
Before leaving Beijing Monday, Rodman told reporters at the airport that he does not intend to raise North Korea's human rights record during his visit, saying Mr. Kim is a "good guy" and a "friend."
Rodman, who is making his fourth visit to Pyongyang, made his last trip late last month when he trained North Korean players. He did not meet Mr. Kim on that trip.