Rodman says he's going to NKorea to open a door

Feb. 28 2013 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korea and the U.S. play an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang North Korea

The 56-year-old Rodman, who won five National Basketball Association championships as a player with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, previously traveled to North Korea in January 2014.

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

Dennis Rodman is taking his "basketball diplomacy" back to North Korea.

Representatives for Rodman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman is headed to North Korea again, CNN reports.

He won five league championships with Detroit and Chicago and is a member of basketball's Hall of Fame.

He is expected to arrive in Pyongyang on Tuesday.

Rodman's trip is at least his fifth to North Korea, according to the NK News website.

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

Rodman has traveled to North Korea multiple times in recent years, and he is one of the few Americans who has ever had contact with Kim Jong-Un.

Rodman is heading to North Korea later Tuesday from Beijing. He has previously referred to Kim as a friend and a "very good guy". He spoke on condition of anonymity because the ministry had not issued a formal statement.

This is Rodman's first visit under President Trump's administration - but there is no evidence that Trump is aware of his travel.

North Korea has become an increasing threat to the USA during Trump's time in the White House.

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