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North Korea: Dennis Rodman Offers To Trade Places With US Captive Kenneth Bae (VIDEO)

01/02/2014 09:14 GMT | Updated 01/02/2014 09:59 GMT

Dennis Rodman has offered to trade places with Kenneth Bae, an American missionary imprisoned in North Korea, the next time he visits his best buddy, dictator Kim Jong Un.

Rodman, in a live interview with CNN from a substance abuse rehabilitation facility in the New York City area, said he felt sympathy for Bae's family.

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Earlier this month, an agitated, drunken Rodman gave an interview in which he suggested that Bae was responsible for his imprisonment.

He then apologised and said he had been drunk when making the comments.

He hit headlines during the trip doing his best Marilyn Monroe impression, leading a 'rousing' version of Happy Birthday with an 'ecstatic' crowd that is clearly dressed for an afternoon courtside in their best suits.

It is almost universally accepted that North Korea has the most appalling human rights record in the world.

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Dennis croons to Kim

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And he gets a birthday kiss for good measure as well

Rodman, who has made four trips to North Korea, said he knew nothing of Bae's case when he first mentioned him - and still does not.

"I have sympathy - I don't want anyone in any country or anywhere in the world to be hostage for something maybe they did or did not do," Rodman said in Friday's interview.

"I would do anything ... if they said, 'We'll take Dennis Rodman and we'll let Kenneth Bae go', you know what? I'd do that, straight ahead. Take me. I would do that."

He also offered to take his CNN interviewer, Chris Cuomo, to North Korea with him.

Bae was detained in North Korea in 2012 while leading a tour group and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for subversion.

Rodman checked into the rehab centre shortly after returning from North Korea earlier this month.