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Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 00:35

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, returning to the increasingly isolated nuclear-armed country where he has previously met leader Kim Jong Un. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, returning to the increasingly isolated nuclear-armed country where he has previously met leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman was surrounded by journalists when he arrived at Beijing's airport to catch a flight for the North Korean capital, which he said he was visiting as a private citizen. "I'm just trying to open the door," Rodman told reporters, wearing sunglasses and a dark shirt and baseball cap with the logo of his trip's sponsor, a crypto-currency provider for the legal marijuana industry. "My purpose is to actually to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea, so that's the main thing," said Rodman, who wore his familiar facial piercings and was escorted through customs and immigration by two handlers. Rodman, 56, arrived in Pyongyang later on Tuesday for a five-day visit, received by North Korean officials at Pyongyang's airport, China's Xinhua news agency reported from the North Korean capital. Tensions have escalated on the Korean peninsula over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests and its vow to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, presenting U.S. President Donald Trump with perhaps his most pressing security worry. Before Trump became president, Rodman appeared twice on his "Celebrity Apprentice" show and praised the billionaire real estate developer on Twitter during last year's election campaign. "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.

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Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 00:35