First feed starving people, then talk basketball: US tells North Korea
New York: The Obama administration has rebuked North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un for spending more time cavorting with former basketball player Dennis Rodman and less time caring for its starving citizens.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that ‘instead of spending money on celebrity sporting events to entertain the elites of that country, the North Korean regime should focus on the well-being of its own people.’
Rodman visited North Korea last week with members of the Harlem Globetrotters, and even scored a rare meeting with Kim Jong-Un himself.
Speaking to ABC News Rodman called the North Korean leader "my friend" and said he "don't want war."
According to the New York Daily News, Carney said the US "has direct channels of communications" with North Korea and doesn't need Dennis Rodman conducting its diplomacy with the rogue nuclear state.
Carney said the US has ‘urged the North Korean leadership to heed President Obama''s call to choose the path of peace and coming into compliance with its international obligations’.
North Korea's actions, however, directly violate United Nations Security Council resolutions, he added.