White House chides N. Korea for Rodman visit

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In this Sunday March 3, 2013, photo provided by ABC television "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos, left, interviews former NBA star Dennis Rodman, just back from a visit with North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un, in a studio in New York.  (AP Photo/ABC Television, Lorenzo Bevilacqua)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says North Korea's government should be focused on the well-being of its citizens, not on "celebrity sporting events" to entertain the country's elite.

White House spokesman Jay Carney made the comments in response to a question about ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman's recent visit to North Korea. Rodman watched a basketball game with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Upon his return to the U.S., Rodman said Kim wants President Barack Obama to call him. Carney says the U.S. already has direct channels of communication to North Korea's government and those are the channels it will continue to use.

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