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Rodman Plans To Vacation With Kim Jong Un, Head To Rome In Makeshift Popemobile

Dennis Rodman (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Dennis Rodman (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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FARGO, N.D. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Dennis Rodman is continuing his inexplicable world tour.

The former professional basketball star says he plans to return to North Korea to vacation with Kim Jong Un.

Rodman met with the authoritarian leader in late February during a visit that was not endorsed by the U.S. State Department. The visit came during a period of tension between the countries over North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing.

Rodman traveled to Fargo, N.D., over the weekend for a promotional appearance at a local bar. The former Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls star told KVLY-KXJB that he doesn’t think Kim wants war and that he considers the leader a friend even though he doesn’t condone what he does.

Rodman said he plans to return to North Korea in August to vacation with Kim, who is a diehard basketball fan.

But the five-time NBA champion plans to do some other international traveling before then.

In a bizarre twist, the Hall of Famer is expected to arrive in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday in a makeshift popemobile as he campaigns for Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana to become the church’s first black pope.

The ridiculous ROD WORLD TOUR continues. Can anyone on earth explain this? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…

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