Dennis Rodman, the Hall-of-Fame basketball figure who made headlines previously for his visit to North Korea --accompanied by a bromance-of-sorts with the nation’s leader Kim Jong-un - is back in that country, according to Fox News on Tuesday.
Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday for his second 2013 visit there.
The visit is not politically-tinged, according to Rodman who says he is not going to discuss freeing American Kenneth Bae who has been held in the country since late last year. Bae is a Korean-American missionary who was arrested last November and given 15 years of hard labor for allegedly plotting to overthrow the state.
Instead, Rodman has stated that he is just there on another basketball diplomacy tour. Rodman asserts that he only wants to meet his friend Kim Jong-un – who is a basketball fanatic and big fan of Rodman’s former Chicago Bulls’ teammate Michael Jordan - the marshal, and start a basketball league in North Korea. He also says that he hopes to bridge the gap between Americans and North Koreans. He said, “Just let’s let people see in America that it’s not a bad thing to go to North Korea and have a good time and meet new people.”
Rodman’s last trip to the country was in late February when there were international political tensions with North Korea because of their nuclear test. Additionally, the country threatened the United States and Seoul with nuclear and missile strikes.