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Rodman, Coca-Cola share spotlight in N. Korea

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The can of Coke appears in lower right corner. (Associated Press)

The can of Coke appears in lower right corner. (Associated Press)

It’s not supposed to be there, but there it is: a can of Coca-Cola, sharing the spotlight this week with former NBA star Dennis Rodman and his North Korean host, new leader Kim Jong Un.

Coca-Cola, along with all other U.S. products, is banned from sale in the Communist country due to longstanding U.S. trade sanctions. That, however, hasn’t stopped Coke from showing up in restaurants and other locations, like the stands near a basketball court in Pyongyang, where Rodman and Kim took in a Harlem Globetrotters game.

“Coca-Cola does not currently do business in North Korea,” spokesman Kent Landers told ABC News on Friday. “Any products sold in the market have been purchased by third parties not authorized by The Coca-Cola Company and imported into the country from other markets where they are sold.”

While it’s not officially available in North Korea, Coca-Cola is …

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