North Korea expecting visit from former NBAer Dennis Rodman

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

North Korea expecting visit from former NBAer Dennis Rodman

Former NBA star #Dennis Rodman is expected to visit #North Korea Tuesday, two officials from that country confirmed to CNN.

Kim Jong Un, who briefly attended boarding school in Switzerland, reportedly is a fan of the National Basketball Association, including the Chicago Bulls teams that Rodman played on in the late 1990s.

"I am pretty much sure that he is happy with the fact that I am over here trying to accomplish something that we both need", Rodman said, when asked on Tuesday if he had spoken with Trump.

And in April 2013 Trump called Rodman "smart" for his then trip to North Korea.

This isn't the first time the mercurial former All-Star has visited the communist country.

Rodman appeared twice on Trump's pre-presidency "Celebrity Apprentice" show and praised the future president on Twitter during last year's election campaign.

A senior Trump administration official told Fox News Rodman was going to the North "as a private citizen". Rodman, who's one of the only Americans to meet leader Kim Jong Un, is set to visit North Korea at a time when tensions are high between the communist country and the U.S. Rodman has visited the country at least four times, with three of the visits taking place between 2013 and 2014.

His entourage included Joseph Terwilliger, a professor who has accompanied Rodman on previous trips to North Korea. Just this year, the dictator-ruled state has launched 16 ballistic missiles, each getting closer and closer to reaching United States soil. "U.S.A." he added. Jong Nam, the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed nation.

"I also know that Dennis is sensitive and aware of the timing and conditions of a visit", he said. "I love the people of North Korea!".

The group traveled for a basketball exhibition that pitted the Americans against North Koreans. He and his friends, Terwilliger and Volo, are the only Americans known to have met Kim.

A number of North Korean men believed to be agents of Pyongyang were on the scene to make sure the hit went smoothly, according to Malaysian investigative authorities.

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