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WH: Rodman outburst not worth response

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday he would not "dignify" with a response Dennis Rodman's "outburst" in a television interview the same day, while emphasizing that the administration had not vetted the former NBA star's trip to North Korea.

"Mr. Rodman is on a private trip, and our views about North Korea and its failures to meet its obligations have not changed," Carney said.

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"This is a private trip and our focus when it comes to North Korea is on sharpening the choice that regime faces between further isolation… or a decision to come in line with its international obligations," he added.


Earlier Tuesday, Rodman erupted during an interview with CNN when anchor Chris Cuomo asked if he would use his visit to press North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to free Kenneth Bae, an American citizen imprisoned by the regime since 2012 who was found guilty of "hostile acts."

"Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why?" Rodman said. "I would love to speak on this."

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