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I don’t mind telling you that this photo of Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un absolutely frightens me

Feb 28, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

North Korea Rodman AP

Photos of Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea are beginning to leak, and I’m a bit concerned. Is he choking on a lozange? Was he hit in the neck with a poison dart? In the country on a mission of “basketball diplomacy”, Rodman took in an exhibition basketball game between North Korean and U.S. players in Pyongyang earlier today, seated next to Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un. (Pulls blanket up to neck) So … cold …

The game ended in a 110-110 tie (totally legitimate), and Rodman said that Jong Un was his “friend for life.”

To recap, North Korea has just finished underground nuclear testing, and just last week threatened the U.S. with “miserable destruction” for our “aggression”. So we retaliated in the harshest possible manner short of nuclear war: we sent them Dennis Rodman.

Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters to shoot a show for HBO called Vice.