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Democrat NY 16

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  • Visiting North Korea is Terrible Idea

    by Representative Eliot L. Engel

    Posted on 2014-01-07

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    ENGEL asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, Dennis S. Rodman of NBA fame has announced that he and 10 or so other basketball players are going to North Korea, he said, to visit his friend, the notorious butcher and dictator, Kim Jong Un of North Korea.

    Bringing American basketball to North Korea, a rogue state which has nuclear weapons, which starves its own people and imprisons them and throws them in jail, bringing American basketball there and sitting down with a dictator like Mr. Kim would be the equivalent of taking Adolf Hitler to lunch. This is really a terrible thing, a terrible idea, and it makes us gloss over the terrible suffering of the North Korean people and just ignore it and say, Well, we are going to play basketball and we are going to make this guy look legitimate.

    In a rambling discussion today on one of the networks, Rodman said that [[Page H8]] he didn't even care that an American, Mr. Kenneth Bae, was imprisoned in North Korea. At the very least we would hope that this American who is imprisoned for no reason by this brutal dictator would be released.

    We should not be clinking glasses or playing basketball with this dictator. We should be demanding that an American citizen who committed no crime be released.


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