Dennis Rodman, Hall of Famer, reportedly returning to North Korea



Dennis Rodman is worming his way back to North Korea.


The NBA Hall of Famer was spotted by CNN at Beijing International Airport, where he was stopping on his way to Pyongyang.


Rodman, one of the only Americans to have met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, visited the country three times from 2013 to 2014.


Most recently, in January 2014, he and a group of retired basketball players visited for Un’s birthday, including a now-viral video of Rodman singing “Happy Birthday.”

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After his first visit in February 2013, Rodman called the North Korean leader “a friend for life” and advised President Obama to “pick up the phone and call him.”

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Dennis Rodman, shown here with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in March 2013, is reportedly headed there again.

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That July, Rodman told Sports Illustrated that his “mission is to break the ice between hostile countries.”


“Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s (Obama’s) job,” he said.


“But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”

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In 2016, Kenneth Bae, an American missionary held captive in North Korea for two years, credited Rodman for his release, despite the hoopster’s original comments that blamed Bae for his imprisonment.

Most recently, in January 2014, Rodman and a group of retired basketball players visited for the North Korean leader's birthday, including a now-viral video of Rodman singing “Happy Birthday.”

Most recently, in January 2014, Rodman and a group of retired basketball players visited for the North Korean leader’s birthday, including a now-viral video of Rodman singing “Happy Birthday.”

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“Because of his rant, the media attention on my plight was increased. So if I meet him someday, I will just want to say `thank you’ for what he has done that really brought international attention to my plight,” Bae told CNN’s New Day after he returned home.


“All together it worked out for good for my release. I’m grateful.”


While there’s no word yet on whether Rodman’s visit has been sanctioned by the State Department, the Hall of Famer did compete on President Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2009 and 2013.

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Rodman’s reps did not immediately return a request for comment.

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