Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

North Korea expecting visit from former NBAer Dennis Rodman

North Korea expecting visit from former NBAer Dennis Rodman

Rodman said the issue of several Americans currently detained by North Korea is "not my objective right now".

Officials from North Korea confirmed to CNN that Rodman is expected in Pyongyang Tuesday but declined comments on the goal of the visit.

A senior Trump administration official told Fox News Rodman was going to the North "as a private citizen".

The NBA Hall of Famer is one of just a few Americans who has met North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. They said it was also likely he had passed on useful intelligence information to the contact.

Rodman has made several visits to North Korea.

The news, which was originally broken by US network CNN after he was spotted in Beijing airport, means the basketballer will be making at least his fifth trip to the DPRK.

On his first trip to North Korea, Rodman was accompanied by members of the Harlem Globetrotters and a crew from VICE News.

Rodman was also spotted at the Beijing International Airport on Monday night where he refused to answer questions about his visit.

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And at that initial meeting Rodman said he could bring a basketball team over to play in front of the North Korean people.

Rodman said earlier in a tweet: "I'm back!" Rodman played a key role in winning three National Basketball Association titles for them alongside Michael Jordan in the 1990s.

A former Virginia man, Kim Dong-chul, was arrested shortly after Warmbier, this time on accusations of espionage, and has been held ever since. "I love the people of North Korea!".

US and South Korean officials earlier said the murder was orchestrated by the North's leader Jong Un.

Former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman is expected to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday for a trip the State Department said was not an official US visit, CNN reported on Monday. The trip quickly turned into a debacle, with sponsors dropping some of the players, who went on CNN to try to explain why they were there.

The colourful sportsman sang Happy Birthday to the leader, but his side were defeated by the North Koreans. The trip was captured in the documentary "Big Bang in Pyongyang". I hope you are doing well! Rodman told Kim he has a "friend for life".

Kim did not need to declare the cash to airport customs, because he was traveling on a North Korean diplomatic passport.

Some of Rodman's previous interactions with Trump had been captured on television.

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