February 26, 2018

Dennis Rodman is reportedly travelling back to North Korea

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The goal of the former basketball player's [VIDEO] visit to the isolated country is not quite clear, but Rodman - a former contestant on Donald Trump's presidency reality TV show, known as "Celebrity Apprentice", is among the few Americans to have met Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. However, Fox News, citing a senior Trump administration official, reported that Rodman was traveling to North Korea as a "private citizen".

After Rodman's 2014 visit, he insinuated that Korean-American Kenneth Bae, who was being held captive at the time in North Korea, was somehow complicit in his imprisonment.

The goal of his visit to North Korea is unknown, but CNN said that the U.S. State Department says he is not going to visit the North in any official U.S. capacity.

North Korea has launched 16 missile tests so far this year with the aim of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the U.S.

Rodman has visited the country other times to see Kim, whom he has called a "friend for life", and vacationed with Kim on a yacht.

Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon also told reporters in Tokyo that the USA has issued travel warnings to Americans suggesting they not travel to North Korea for their own safety.

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NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman told CNN he was hoping to do "something that's pretty positive", as he prepared to board a plane for a trip to North Korea Tuesday.

"I'm just trying to open the door", he told reporters at Beijing airport, en route to the reclusive state.

The 2014 trip also saw the sportsman lead a team of retired American players in a basketball game to celebrate Kim's birthday.

Rodman's expected visit to Pyongyang would be the first under Trump, a man with whom he has a personal relationship. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the ministry had not issued a formal statement.

He was heavily criticised in the United States for not bringing up the case of Kenneth Bae, an American imprisoned on charges of "hostile acts" who spent 735 days in North Korean custody before being released later in 2014.

Rodman, who said his friendship with the notorious dictator is about sports, not about politics, added that both Kim and Trump have expressed mutual respect for one another in the past. Thousands of USA troops are based in South Korea, and the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world. Rodman was a cast member on two seasons of Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice". But the claim that marijuana is legal in North Korea is not true: The penal code lists it as a controlled substance in the same category as cocaine and heroin.

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