Kim wanted US to send 'famous basketball players' to North Korea: report

Kim wanted US to send 'famous basketball players' to North Korea: report
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North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong Un Majority of voters aren't confident Trump's diplomacy will lead to North Korea denuclearization The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Trump blasts 2020 Dems during campaign rally MORE wanted the United States to send "famous basketball players" to the country as part of a deal to normalize relations, ABC News reported Thursday.

The proposal was reportedly made as part of the cultural exchange between the two countries ahead of their summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, earlier this year.

North Korea also reportedly requested the exchange of orchestras between the two countries as a requirement for denuclearization.

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A State Department spokesperson declined to comment to The Hill on private diplomatic conversations.

The summit in Hanoi was ultimately unsuccessful, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE pulled out of negotiations.

Kim has been very public about his love for basketball and is close friends with NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, who has visited Pyongyang frequently.

Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, was also a basketball fan.

In 2000, he requested that the U.S. send Michael Jordan to North Korea. Jordan declined and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gifted a ball signed by the six-time NBA champion to the North Koreans instead.