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ANALYSIS: Rodman trip draws mixed reactions in US

AFP, Washington

Flake doubted Rodman would have a major impact, but said that — even in a country that tolerates no political dissent — Kim Jong-un could come off as frivolous to hungry North Koreans.

“When Rodman says that Kim Jong-Un is an ‘awesome kid’ and you see him looking like a little stuffed animal, I’ve got to wonder if that will backfire,” Flake said, referring to Kim’s portly physique.

Rodman’s visit came six weeks after Google chairman Eric Schmidt visited North Korea accompanied by former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who has long maintained contacts with Pyongyang.

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