Speaking to CNN before boarding his flight, Rodman said hopes to do "something that's pretty positive" during his trip, though he said he did not intend to bring up the detained Americans during any discussions with North Korean leaders. The weed startup also described him as having "long-time friendships" with both President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the autocratic leader of North Korea. A senior USA official said the State Department was aware Rodman was scheduled to travel to the North, but stressed he would not be there in any official capacity, according to CNN.
The objective of Rodman's visit remains unclear, though it comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear program.
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North Korean officials confirmed to CNN Rodman's arrival in Pyongyang but did not give any details of the visit.
His publicist also pointed out that Rodman was in the unusual position of being friends with both Mr Trump and Mr Kim.
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"They were looking at ways to do that and this was one of the instruments they were looking at, and the foreign ministry thought it was advisable to formally extend an invitation", he told AFP.
"We will let Dennis answer any questions related to his trip to North Korea when he gets back", he said. Rodman has defended his travels, saying in an interview with CNN in 2014 they would help "open the door" to North Korea.
Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea analyst who advised Rodman after an earlier trip, said that the basketballer had a "long-standing invitation" to return to North Korea.
Rodman said the issue of several Americans currently detained by North Korea is "not my goal right now".
He was met by North Korean Vice Minister of Sports Son Kwang Ho.
Rodman appeared twice on Trump's pre-presidency "Celebrity Apprentice" show and praised the future president on Twitter during last year's election campaign. But Trump fired Rodman for spelling his wife Melania's name wrong. North Korea is expecting another visit by former National Basketball Association bad boy Rodman on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in what would be his first to the country since President Donald Trump took office.
The North has occasionally jailed United States citizens on charges ranging from hostile acts to illegal entry, and released them only after visits by high-profile figures including former president Bill Clinton. But efforts to convince North Korea to release the men now held have not been successful so far.