Dennis Rodman says 'trying to open a door' in North Korea

Dennis Rodman says 'trying to open a door' in North Korea

Dennis Rodman says 'trying to open a door' in North Korea

Not only is there the threat of North Korean ballistic missiles shadowing nearly all of Southeast Asia, the reclusive country is now detaining four American citizens on suspicion of "hostile acts" against the regime.

Four Americans are also now detained in North Korea.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea Tuesday amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang and three days after the regime threatened to test an intercontinental ballistic missile powerful enough to reach the USA mainland at "any time" its leader Kim Jong-un wishes.

Rodman was a cast member on two seasons of Mr Trump's Celebrity Apprentice.

The statement quotes Rodman as saying: "I want to thank the folks at PotCoin". "I wish they did".

The finding came four days after North Korea tested new anti-ship missiles in a continuation of its weapons launches that have complicated new South Korean President Moon Jae-in's push to improve ties frayed over the North's nuclear ambitions.

This photo unveiled by North Korea's state news agency on March 1, 2013, shows NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman surrounded by reporters at an airport in Pyongyang.

Rodman routinely distances himself from political events in the country.

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

In a previous trip, Rodman spent a significant amount of time with Kim and his wife, even holding their baby daughter.

Trump called Rodman "smart" for his 2013 trip to North Korea, Politico reported at the time.

United States officials are quick to point out that Rodman's visit to North Korea is in no way official and he is acting on his own.

During that first trip, Rodman told Kim he has a "friend for life," according to CNN.

Basketball legend Dennis Rodman is said to be arriving in North Korea Tuesday, amid tensions between the USA and North Korea over its continued missile launches and the detainment of four American citizens.

Rodman has described his series of trips to North Korea as a "basketball diplomacy" project and defended the trip for Kim's birthday in an earlier CNN interview saying it was a "great idea for the world".

Rodman played a key role in winning three National Basketball Association titles for them alongside Michael Jordan in the 1990s.

Multiple people involved in unofficial talks with North Korea say that the Trump administration has been making overtures toward the Kim regime, including trying to set up a secret back channel to the North Korean leader using "an associate of Trump's" rather than the usual line-up of North Korea experts and former officials who talk to Pyongyang's representatives. "One day this door is going to open because of these 10 guys here".

Mr Rodman was spotted in Beijing's global airport en route to Pyongyang, his fifth time in the isolated dictatorship, and his first since a disastrous visit in 2014 during which he was denounced for singing Happy Birthday to Mr Kim.

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