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(Yonhap Interview) Seoul, Washington must take Rodman visit to Pyongyang 'seriously': ex-U.S. envoy
By Kim Deok-hyun
SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States should take a recent visit by flamboyant retired NBA star Dennis Rodman to North Korea "seriously" because it appears to signal a renewed engagement with both Seoul and Washington, a former U.S. ambassador to Seoul said Tuesday.

In an interview with Yonhap News Agency in Seoul, Donald Gregg said a "call me" message from North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un to U.S. President Barack Obama, relayed by Rodman, is a "very powerful signal to engage with us."

   Rodman, who became the most high-profile American to have met the North's Kim and dined with him, returned from Pyongyang on Sunday and told ABC's "This Week" program that Kim is not seeking to start a war and wants a call from Obama.