NBAHall of FamerDennis 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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