Ex-NBA player Rodman expected to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday

Ex-NBA player Rodman expected to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday

Ex-NBA player Rodman expected to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday

Rodman's trip was sponsored by Potcoin, a cryptocurrency which processes payments from weed dispensaries.

CNN reported earlier that Rodman was at the Beijing airport. The basketball Hall-of-Famer said he is "just trying to open a door" on a mission he thinks may get support. North Korea is expecting another visit by former National Basketball Association bad boy Rodman on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in what would be his first to the country since President Donald Trump took office.

The eccentric 56-year-old was spotted at Beijing International Airport today but declined to answer questions, CNN reported, adding that two officials in North Korea confirmed Rodman was expected to arrive in Pyongyang later that day. One of Rodman's previous trips to North Korea was sponsored by an Irish betting company. It was this same year, that Dennis Rodman appeared as a contestant on the NBC show, Celebrity Apprentice.

"Actually he could be the back channel and the reason is the Trump administration has had these half-hearted attempts to start talks with the North Koreans", he said. And Yun was dispatched to North Korea and visited Warmbier with two doctors on Monday, and demanded his release.

Rodman, who won national titles with both the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, has visited North Korea several times, including for a birthday celebration in 2014 in which he played basketball. It was to celebrate the special occasion of Kim Jong-un's birthday.

Warmbier's release came as former US 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. "For North Korea to imprison Otto with no notification or consular access for more than a year is the utmost example of its complete failure to recognize fundamental human rights and dignity".

North Korea has been testing a range of missiles in recent weeks and continuing with its rapid development of arms technologies, despite repeated global condemnation. In a 2014 interview with Business Insider, Rodman shared his perception of Kim Jong Un. North Korea is expecting another visit by Rodman on Tuesday in what would be his firs.

On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologised.

His publicist also pointed out that Rodman was in the unusual position of being friends with both Mr Trump and Mr Kim. The unlikely pair ended the evening with drinks and dining on sushi.

The North has occasionally jailed U.S. citizens on charges ranging from hostile acts to illegal entry, and released them only after visits by high-profile figures including former president Bill Clinton.

Pyongyang has unleashed a string of missile launches and tests of other advanced weaponry in recent weeks as it seeks to highlight its progress toward mastering the technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Warmbier is a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati.

"At the direction of the president, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea", Tillerson said.

He was charged with "hostile acts against the state", and after an hour-long trial in March 2016, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor.

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