13 June, 2017
Rodman reportedly visited North Korea at least four times - his last trip being in 2014 where he and former NBA All-Stars played an exhibition game as a "birthday present" for the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.
North Korea continues to detain four US citizens: Kim Dong Chul, a Virginia businessman, Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, Kim Sang Duk, a university professor, and Kim Hak-dong, also a university professor.
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is heading to North Korea again, CNN reports, and may be meeting with his dictator friend Kim Jong Un. It was supposedly a birthday gift for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who is said to be a big basketball fan. "Dennis is a great guy, but how he articulates what goes on - he gets emotional and he says things that he'll apologize for later".
"I don't give a rat's ass what the hell you think", Rodman yelled in response to the CNN question.
Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon also told reporters in Tokyo that the USA has issued travel warnings to Americans suggesting they not travel to North Korea for their own safety.
Mr Trump said back in April that he would be willing to meet the North Korean despot "under the right circumstance".More news: Iran says Islamic State group attacks killed 17
Pinkston said the trip was likely part of an effort by the North's foreign ministry to ease tensions with Washington.
In this undated photo published on September 7, 2013, on the homepage of North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, talks with former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman during a dinner in North Korea.
Rodman has defended his travels, saying in an interview with CNN in 2014 they would help "open the door" to North Korea. "But we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety", he said.
Previous detainees have been released after visits from high-profile Americans, including former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
Rodman routinely distances himself from political events in the country.