Rodman lands in North Korea to visit his 'friend' Kim
PYONGYANG (AP) - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed on Tuesday in North Korea for what he called a trip to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and bridge some cultural gaps - but not to be a diplomat.
The trip by the flamboyant basketballer - his second to North Korea - comes days after Pyongyang rejected a visit by a US envoy who had hoped to bring home an American missionary jailed there, Kenneth Bae.
Speaking to reporters ahead of his flight to Pyongyang, Rodman declined to say whether he would seek Bae's release.
"I'm not going to talk about that," he said.