13 June, 2017
Dennis Rodman is heading back to North Korea, US broadcaster CNN reports, three years after the eccentric former National Basketball Association star last travelled to the reclusive nation and sang Happy Birthday to leader Kim Jong Un.
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.
Tensions between North Korea and the United States are at an all-time high, especially considering the country is detaining four Americans and has run more than a dozen missile tests into the Sea of Japan recently.
Rodman was spotted in Beijing International Airport on Monday, where he declined to answer questions about his travels to CNN reporters.
CNN reports that two officials in North Korean confirmed that Rodman is supposed to land on Tuesday.
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They said he was expected to arrive on Tuesday. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! "U.S.A." he added. But he grabbed just as much attention off the court for his piercings, brightly-dyed hair and headline-grabbing antics. Rodman said on Twitter as he arrived.
Though the game ended in a 110-110 tie, all eyes were on the jarring sight of the rebellious 6-foot-7 ball player sitting next to the the short, clean-cut dictator in a Mao suit.
Speaking in 2014, he said: "It's about trying to bridge a gap to a country that people say is so bad".