Former NBA Hall of Famer Heading Back to North Korea

Former NBA Hall of Famer Heading Back to North Korea

The former National Basketball Association star will arrive in Pyongyang later Tuesday, CNN said, citing two North Korean officials it didn't identify.

Rodman has met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on previous trips to Pyongyang and has called him "an awesome kid".

Rodman was spotted heading towards a North Korea-bound plane at Beijing International Airport today. North Korea is expecting another visit by Rodman on Tuesday in what would be his firs.

A foreign ministry official who spoke to the AP in Pyongyang confirmed Rodman was expected to arrive Tuesday but could not provide details.

Rodman is one of the only Americans to have met Kim Jong Un and will arrive at a time of high tension between North Korea and the USA as Pyongyang seeks to expand its nuclear weapons program.

Kim Jong-nam is believed to have met the USA citizen for two hours at a hotel in Malaysia and picked up the money while in the country, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials from the country's investigation authorities.

In the past six months, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has launched a series of ballistic missile tests.

North Korea has been hailed by marijuana news outlets and British tabloids as a pothead paradise and maybe even the next Amsterdam of pot tourism. Rodman also endorsed Trump for president in 2015.

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have escalated. Since then, he visited the North on several occasions for what could be seen as "basketball diplomacy".

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