Former NBA star Dennis Rodman returns to Pyongyang but says won't bring back jailed American
SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - Flamboyant former basketball star Dennis Rodman will arrive in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a five-day visit to North Korea, his second this year, but said he had no plans to negotiate the release of a jailed American missionary.
There had been speculation that Mr Rodman, who met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in March, would secure the release of Kenneth Bae who was jailed for 15 years for trying to overthrow the North Korean government.
"I'm not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae," Mr Rodman told Reuters in a telephone interview. "I'm just going there on another basketball diplomacy tour."
Mr Kim, the third of his line to rule North Korea is a basketball fan and appeared to get on well with Mr Rodman on the earlier visit, with the two of them pictured laughing, eating and drinking together and watching an all-star basketball match.