The Hermit Kingdom
U.S. relations with North Korea have been strained to the breaking point by the country's disturbing nuclear-weapons threats, backed by "supreme leader" Kim Jong-un's anti-American rhetoric.� Fortunately, Kim shares one of his late father's passions: American basketball.� With that in mind, and through official and backdoor channels, VICE organized an unlikely, highly publicized trip to North Korea, hoping to thaw out relations through some hoops diplomacy.� With NBA great Dennis Rodman and a trio of exuberant Harlem Globetrotters in tow, VICE traveled to the capital of Pyongyang for a surreal tour of the city, a basketball clinic with under-18 players, an exhibition game witnessed by Kim and 10,000 adoring fans, and?most surprising?a first-ever meeting between the baby-faced leader and an American delegation.
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