Dennis Rodman Says He's On 'Mission' In New Visit To North Korea

Rodman was mobbed by journalists when he arrived at Beijing's airport on Tuesday to catch a flight for the North Korean capital.

CNN first reported the development.

The Associated Press reports that "Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says North Korea is releasing jailed US university student Otto Warmbier". Asked whether he will try to secure those prisoners' release, Rodman said that doing so was "not my goal right now". He was detained when as tour group prepared to leave North Korea, charged with engaging in allegedly anti-state activity.

According to the Washington Post, Warmbier has been held in North Korea for 17 months after he allegedly attempted to steal a propaganda poster.

A USA national security spokesman, Michael Anton, told CNN there is no connection between Rodman's visit and Warmbier's release. Asked if he had spoken to Trump about his trip, he said, "Well, I'm pretty sure he's pretty much happy with the fact that I'm over here trying to accomplish something that we both need".

North Korea on Tuesday freed one of the detainees, Otto Warmbier.

But PotCoin didn't say what the trip has to to do with a bitcoin-like digital currency aimed at transactions between legal marijuana users and merchants.

The latest visit comes amid high tensions between Washington and Pyongyang - which is now holding four Americans - following a series of missile tests by the North, which have triggered tightened United Nations sanctions. But Rodman said the issue of several Americans detained by North Korea is "not my objective right now".

Rodman continues to say that the sport of basketball will help relations between North Korea and the rest of the world, though it's sad if he really believes a simple game can fix such a geopolitical mess.

Perhaps Rodman will serve as a link between the USA and North Korea at a time where the two countries have been unable to see eye to eye in a number of issues. "We wish him well", Shannon said, as reported by Reuters.

Mr Rodman befriended Kim during his first trip to the North Korea in 2013, when he famously sang Happy Birthday to the tyrant.

Basketball legend Dennis Rodman's longtime rapport with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un may seem weird. Perhaps it was this link to the NBA - Rodman played alongside Jordan during the Bulls latter NBA Championship years - that facilitated the now burgeoning relationship between Rodman and Un.

The former National Basketball Association star told reporters before his flight that he is "just trying to open a door" during his visit.

Rodman has faced ridicule and criticism for his trips to North Korea, which some USA politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda.

In addition to being friends with Kim, Rodman's also pals with the president, having twice been a contestant on The Apprentice.

Rodman endorsed Trump back in 2015.

Officials in former President Barack Obama's administration stated they would have prevented Rodman from traveling to North Korea if they had the authority to do so. Tillerson made no mention of Rodman's visit, and said the department would have no further comment on Warmbier and his condition, citing privacy concerns. During the trip, Rodman met with Kim, a devoted basketball fan, and the two sat together and watched an exhibition game that featured the three Harlem Globetrotters.

"So if I meet him someday, I will just want to say "thank you" for what he has done that really brought global attention to my plight", Bae told CNN's New Day after he returned home.

A White House official says the May meeting in Oslo was attended by Joseph Yun, the US envoy to North Korea. "This is one of the times where Rodman may actually do some good". He also described Kim as "a friend for life" after visiting North Korea in 2013, and has drawn criticism for his public appearances alongside the dictator.

Pyongyan has reportedly imprisoned more than 100,000 of its own people in Soviet-style prison camps and invested millions in its military program rather than on its impoverished population.

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