Rodman says he's going to NKorea to open a door

2014 Rodman sings Happy Birthday to North Korean leader

In 2014, Rodman arranged a basketball game with other former NBA players and North Koreans and regaled leader Kim with a rendition of "Happy Birthday". "Thanks to my sponsor Potcoin.com" with a photo of himself holding an itinerary from the North Korean airline Air Koryo.

Speaking to reporters in Beijing before his arrival in Pyongyang on Tuesday, he said that the issue of several Americans detained by North Korea is "not my goal right now".

Warmbier's release came as former USA basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, returning to the increasingly isolated nuclear-armed country where he has previously met leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman was a cast member on two seasons of Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice".

Speaking at the airport on Tuesday, Mr Rodman said: "I am pretty much sure that he [Trump] is happy with the fact that I am over here trying to accomplish something that we both need". "But we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety", he said. It was supposedly a birthday gift for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who is said to be a big basketball fan.

The 56-year-old was spotted at Beijing International Airport Tuesday but declined to answer questions, CNN said, adding that two officials in North Korea confirmed Rodman was expected to arrive in Pyongyang later that day.

Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon also told reporters in Tokyo that the USA has issued travel warnings to Americans suggesting they not travel to North Korea for their own safety.

"Headed back to North Korea".

Rodman received the red-carpet treatment on his four past trips since 2013, which generated a lot of publicity - most of it not good - and did little in terms of diplomacy.

Shannon is in Tokyo to meet Japanese officials before heading to South Korea.

North Korea is expecting another visit by former National Basketball Association bad boy Rodman on Tuesday in what would b.

He was wearing sunglasses in a black T-shirt as he walked through media cameras and headed to a first-class lounge.

Highlighting the long history of the relations between Russian Federation and North Korea, Kim expressed hope that the traditions of friendship between the two countries would be further strengthened, reports Sputnik.

North Korea regularly accuses Washington and Seoul of sending spies to overthrow its government to enable the USA -backed South Korean government to take control of the Korean Peninsula.

His entourage included Joseph Terwilliger, a professor who has accompanied Rodman on previous trips to North Korea.

Rodman is in North Korea as of this writing, and he is dropping hints about a mission he is allegedly on.

The official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no formal statement had been released, said he could not provide further details.

It would be Rodman's first visit to the country since President Donald Trump took office.

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