Rodman, through tears, said he received death threats for meeting the North Korean dictator. In his view, preparedness equates to more effective deterrence - persuading potential adversaries they can not win and thus should not attack.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have sat down for unprecedented talks between the leaders of two long-hostile nations, as the world watches anxiously for signs of a peace deal and an agreement on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
"Honestly, I am more concerned about my situation of finding a job than what's happening with the North", said Kim Hee-min, 24.
Mr. Trump had also said it would be "inappropriate to be having war games" with South Korea while working out the administration's deal with North Korea.
Added Rodman: "I'm not a politician. Think about that, I'm in the real estate business". Since then, he has been an advocate for improved US relations with North Korea, despite pressure at home concerning the effectiveness and ethical propriety of his so-called "basketball diplomacy". "And it turned out to be bigger than I thought".
"I am concerned that the summit between Trump and Kim will prove to be a setback in the global efforts to denuclearize North Korea and also introduce instability in the alliance between Seoul and Washington". "I think that would have ruined our friendship that we have right now".
He has a better understanding of both Kim and Trump on a personal level than many other people.
It marks a contrast from 2014, when Trump tweeted about Rodman being "either drunk or on drugs" in response to the former National Basketball Association star's suggestion the two might travel to North Korea together.
"The US armed forces will in no way stop individual and collective training, the South Korean military will continue to train and prepare as they always have", he told AFP, adding that institutional knowledge from years of drills would be retained.
The Republican chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, said that it was hard to assess what had happened at the summit. "I'm going to thank my kids".
"We still look at Trump and the USA behavior with pessimism and we can not be optimistic about the USA behavior", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Behram Qassemi said Monday, alluding to the USA president's dropping of JCPOA - the 2015 nuclear deal brokered by Barack Obama.