Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

Geneva Matthews
June 14, 2017

Rodman, 56, arrived in Pyongyang later on Tuesday for a five-day visit, received by North Korean officials at Pyongyang's airport, China's Xinhua news agency reported from the North Korean capital.

His visit comes as tensions have heightened on the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests and its vow to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States mainland. "Thanks to my sponsor Potcoin.com" with a photo of himself holding an itinerary from the North Korean airline Air Koryo.

Former NBA player Charles Smith said at the time that he felt remorse for coming to Pyongyang with Rodman because the event was dwarfed by politics and tainted by Rodman's own comments.

A former Virginia man, Kim Dong-chul, was arrested shortly after Warmbier, this time on accusations of espionage, and has been held ever since. There are now four Americans being detained in North Korea: businessman Kim Dong Chul, University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, and Pyongyang University of Science and Technology academics Kim Sang Duk and Kim Hak-song.

Rodman tweeted that his trip was being sponsored by Potcoin, one of a growing number of cybercurrencies used to buy and sell marijuana in state-regulated markets.

Rodman, nicknamed "The Worm", has visited North Korea at least four times and has met Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, who he previously called a "friend for life". Three of his visits occurred in the span of one year from 2013 to 2014.The last visit came as part of a celebration of Kim Jong-Un's birthday in January of 2014.

But it went from bad to worse when Rodman went on a tirade in another interview, and then sang happy birthday to leader Kim Jong Un, singing "happy birthday dear Marshal" to him from the court.

The U.S.is stepping up efforts to muster global support for further pressure on North Korea over its provocative acts.

"We all have specialties, but Dennis does have a view about human beings and the natural state of affairs ... his view seems to me is that if people will talk and interact and if there's dialogue and exchanges and interactions, this process will naturally lead to de-escalation", Pinkston told CNN.

"He is going to (North Korea) to bridge the gap and bring peace and dialogue between both nations". Bae had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Asked whether he had spoken with Trump about his trip, Rodman said: "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". "Dennis, you're fired" Trump told the basketballer, who was wearing his trademark sunglasses and adorned with piercings.

Rodman's second visit to North Korea is expected to be just as controversial amidst heightened tensions.

The bombastic player - who once wore a wedding dress to promote one of his books - appeared as a contestant on Mr Trump's pre-presidency reality television show Celebrity Apprentice.

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