Dennis Rodman Making Another North Korea Visit

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is slated to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday for his fifth visit amidst mounting tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the media reported.

Rodman's latest trip comes also less than four months after he appeared at the prestigious West Point military academy in the US to talk about his personal interactions with the North Korean leader.

Malaysian investigative authorities also speculated that Kim Jong Nam's meetings with an American male believed to have links with a US intelligence agency may have been behind North Korea's decision to silence him.

It is not clear whether Rodman will be meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the trip, who he met on a number of previous visits conducted between 2013-2014.

The U.S. network said Rodman had been spotted earlier at Beijing International Airport, where he declined to answer questions, but said that unnamed North Korean officials had confirmed that Rodman was expected to arrive in Pyongyang on Tuesday.

During the 2014 visit he led a team of retired American players in a basketball game to celebrate Kim Jong Un's birthday.

A spokesman for a North Korean cultural exchange program told the state-run North Korea News at the time of his West Point talk that if Rodman re-emerges as a "cultural diplomat", he would most "definitely be welcome back to Pyongyang".

In 2016, Kenneth Bae, an American missionary held captive in North Korea for two years, credited Rodman for his release, despite the hoopster's original comments that blamed Bae for his imprisonment.

Rodman would be arriving in Pyongyang at a time of heightened tension between Washington and Pyongyang, which is now detaining four Americans.

The 56-year-old, who appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice reality TV show when it was hosted by Mr Trump, backed the Republican during the presidential campaign. "If not, we will solve the problem without them!" But he grabbed just as much attention off the court for his piercings, brightly-dyed hair and headline-grabbing antics.

But he recalled how Kim said if Rodman did something for him, he could do something for Rodman.

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

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