Dennis Rodman visiting North Korea Tuesday

Adding another dimension to this trip is the fact that Rodman is well acquainted with Donald Trump, as he appeared on the U.S. President's former reality TV show, 'Celebrity Apprentice.' A member of Rodman's team indicated that they will be back on Thursday. State Department officials told CNN that they were aware of the trip by the Hall of Famer, but said he isn't going in any official capacity.

"My goal is to actually to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea, so that's the main thing", Mr Rodman told reporters.

"My objective is to actually to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea, so that's the main thing", said Rodman, who spoke quietly and was escorted through customs and immigration by two handlers. I hope you are doing well! Trump has since said publicly that he would be "honored" to meet Kim.

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Rodman has traveled to North Korea at least four times already, and even organized a basketball tournament for Kim's birthday in 2014.

In February 2013, when North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, Kim Jong Un invited Rodman to watch a basketball game.

"I know Dennis would do anything for President Trump, he knows him personally so we would go back in a second if it meant helping everyone in uniform, helping our president, helping our nation", Chris Volo, Rodman's minder said at the Westpoint event. Since then, he visited the North on several occasions for what could be seen as "basketball diplomacy". But once he was released, Bae thanked Rodman for the rant on CNN, claiming it brought attention to his case.

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"I sang 'Happy Birthday, ' and people tripped out in America", Rodman said at the time. On June 11, the Asahi Shimbun quoted an anonymous Malaysian investigator as speculating that Kim may have received this money from an individual linked with a U.S. intelligence agency in exchange for providing information. "Our friendship is about sports".

Unnamed North Korean officials reportedly confirmed that Rodman was on his way to the North Korean capital.

"I was in [Trump's] office, and he said, 'I want to go.' That's the first thing he said, " Rodman said. "Obviously, he can't come here or he would be dead". Just this year, the dictator-ruled state has launched 16 ballistic missiles, each getting closer and closer to reaching United States soil.

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