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07/09/2013 09:01 BST | Updated 06/11/2013 10:12 GMT

Dennis Rodman Leaves North Korea After Visiting His Friend Kim Jong-Un

Dennis Rodman has left North Korea after visiting his "friend for life" Dictator Kim Jong-un.

In a sometimes foul-mouthed rant, the athlete today furiously defended his friendship with Kim, who recently threatened to obliterate the United States with nuclear weapons.

"He's my friend for life. I don't care what you guys think about him. I don't give a" -- he said uttering an expletive, before continuing -- "what the world thinks about him, but he's my friend."

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Rodman called the dictator his 'friend for life'

Rodman was met by reporters at the airport in Beijing after flying in from North Korea, and was asked about using his influence with Kim to urge the release of Kenneth Bae.

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Dennis Rodman arrived in Beijing today

The Korean-American is serving a 15-year prison sentence in a labor camp after being arrested while in the country doing Christian missionary work.

"Guess what? That's not my job to ask about Kenneth Bae," Rodman said, according to The Associated Press.

Rejecting calls for help he said it was not his responsibility.

He said: "Ask Obama about that. Ask Hillary Clinton," before criticising the two with an expletive.

Before making his second visit to ses Kim, the world's most unlikely diplomat had asked on Twitter for Kim to "do me a solid" and release Bae.

His visit came just days after the North rescinded its invitation to Robert King, a senior American diplomat who was planning to travel to Pyongyang to try to secure Bae's release.