Dennis Rodman not responsible for freedom of Kenneth Bae
Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Monday during her daily press briefing. Harf responded to a question about the former professional basketball star who made headlines for his multiple visits to North Korea. When asked about Rodman's assertion that he was not there to save Kenneth Bae and it wasn't his job, Harf said Rodman was right.
"Securing Kenneth Bae's release is a top priority for us," Harf said. "We have said repeatedly that he needs to be returned home to his family, but Dennis Rodman is technically right. He's not there as a representative of the U.S. government trying to affect anything. We weren't contacted by him and he's not there representing us."
Kenneth Bae is an American currently being jailed in North Korea.
Harf also responded to a question about North Korean denuclearization. When asked if a promise from North Korea that missile testing would cease would be enough to resume the Six-Party Talks, Harf said the country must take meaningful actions.
"The onus is on North Korea to take meaningful actions towards denuclearization, refrain from provocations," Harf said. "I'm not going to further detail what those mean. They've, as I've said, committed on numerous occasions to denuclearize. We're ready and committed to authentic and credible talks on this issue if they do take some steps."