Former NBA star lashes out about missionary held by N. Korea

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is denouncing an angry outburst by former NBA star Dennis Rodman in North Korea.

Rodman is in North Korea for a basketball exhibition honoring the regime's leader, Kim Jong Un. The former Chicago Bull didn't like being asked during a CNN satellite interview if he would bring up the detention of American Kenneth Bae. The missionary, who is in poor health, is being held on charges of "anti-state" crimes. Bae has been held for more than a year.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters he wouldn't dignify Rodman's outburst. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki says the U.S. remains very committed to securing Bae's release and is gravely concerned about his health. She said those listening to Rodman's comments should remember that he is in no way representing the United States.

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