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Dennis Rodman Says He Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for Reaching out to North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un (VIDEO)

By Maxine Wally | Jul 02, 2013 05:10 PM EDT

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Dennis Rodman and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the North Korean national team vs. Harlem Globetrotters game. (Photo : Reuters)

Who should be the next recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, joining the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama?

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According ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman, it should be...Dennis Rodman.

The former forward said in a recent Sports Illustrated article that he deserves to win the Peace Prize for his reaching out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after a recent VICE documentary followed Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters to Pyongyang.

"My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries," Rodman said in the interview. "Why it's been left to me to smooth things over, I don't know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it's the black guy's [Obama's] job. But I'll tell you this: If I don't finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something's seriously wrong."

Rodman said that after his visit to North Korea, in which he met up with Kim Jong Un and watched a basketball game, Pyongyang minimized its military presence.

"Fact is, he hasn't bombed anywhere he's threatened to yet," Rodman continued. "Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not...whatever. People say he's the worst guy in the world. All I know is Kim told me he doesn't want to go to war with America."

And as he has done in the past, Rodman called upon President Obama once more, saying he should meet one-on-one with Kim, according to The Hill.

"His whole deal is to talk basketball with Obama," Rodman said. "Unfortunately, Obama doesn't want to have anything to do with him. I ask, Mr. President, what's the harm in a simple phone call? This is a new age, man. Come on, Obama, reach out to Kim and be his friend."

Rodman also mentioned that he will return to North Korea at the tail end of Summer, hoping that his trip will help push Kim Jong Un to release American tour guide Kenneth Bae, who was recently given a 15 year sentencing of hard labor on grounds of espionage.

"I'm just gonna chill, play some basketball and maybe go on vacation with Kim and his family," Rodman concluded. "I've called on the Supreme Leader to do me a solid by releasing Kenneth Bae."

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