Ex-NBA player Rodman expected to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday

The high-profile star's visits to North Korea have largely revolved around the sport that made him famous.

A previous trip to the country was sponsored by a betting company.

"Thank you PotCoin.com for sponsoring my mission", Rodman tweeted Tuesday before taking a flight from Beijing to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.

He told reporters at Beijing airport Tuesday that he believes President Donald Trump is happy with his visit "to accomplish something we both need".

Rodman has received the red-carpet treatment on four past trips since 2013, which have accomplished little in terms of diplomacy and served mainly to create publicity for the former athlete.

"My goal is to actually see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea, so that's the main thing", Mr Rodman told reporters. Rodman has previously appeared on the Trump-hosted reality show The Apprentice, and endorsed Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. "He's smart in many ways, he's very street wise".

Mr Rodman urged Kim to release Kenneth Bae, who had been sentenced to 15 years of hard about, but also claimed Mr Bae was to blame for his imprisonment.

He won five league championships with Detroit and Chicago and is a member of basketball's Hall of Fame.

North Korea released a jailed Tri-State man Tuesday - just hours after it was announced that former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman was paying a return visit to the country.

The 56-year-old is a retired basketball player from the United States. North Korea's Supreme Leader is reported to be a major basketball fan. "His relationship with Kim Jong Un was wonderful to see".

"It's at least the fourth trip to North Korea for Rodman", says Time Magazine.

As NPR's Elise Hu reports from Seoul, the U.S. State Department has issued several warnings advising Americans not to travel to North Korea. Rodman first met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February 2013 and traveled back in September of that year, when he held Kim's newborn daughter. The unlikely pair ended the evening with drinks and dining on sushi.

She tells reporters, "we are grateful and thankful" for Warmbier's release, but says it is "too soon" to talk about dialogue between the USA and North Korea.

"We are aware of his visit".

This time around, Rodman is expected to spend four nights in North Korea.

The basketball Hall of Famer has faced ridicule and criticism for his trips to North Korea, which some USA politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda.

North Korean authorities said they had security footage of him trying to steal a banner containing a political slogan that was hanging from the walls of his Pyongyang hotel.

Warmbier, 22, is due to arrive home in Cincinnati on Tuesday evening, having been evacuated through a US military base in Sapporo, Japan.

"The Secretary of State has confirmed to me that Otto has been released by North Korea, and is being returned to his family".

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