Former NBA star Rodman traveling to North Korea amid tensions with US

Dennis Rodman 'I am not a traitor'

Dennis Rodman 'I am not a traitor'

Former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman is expected to arrive in North Korea on Tuesday for a trip the State Department said was not an official USA visit, CNN reported on Monday.

NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman will touch down in North Korea Tuesday, according to CNN. Rodham declined to take questions about the rogue nations' recent weapons tests, or about the growing tensions between North Korea and the United States.

One of Rodman's visits came in January 2014 when he met North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Un, who briefly attended boarding school in Switzerland, reportedly is a fan of the National Basketball Association, including the Chicago Bulls teams that Rodman played on in the late 1990s.

It follows reports that North Korea has been suggested as a potential World Cup host in a shock statement by South Korea's new president.

It comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, which is now detaining four Americans.

The U.S.is stepping up efforts to muster worldwide support for further pressure on North Korea over its provocative acts. North Korea has already launched several missiles in 2017 - most recently firing four anti-ship cruise missiles that each flew about 124 miles. The country is now holding four Americans in detention for various alleged crimes. Members of the Harlem Globetrotters accompanied Rodman and played in a basketball exhibition against the North Koreans. Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for unspecified anti-state crimes.

A senior Trump administration official told Fox News that Rodman is "going as a private citizen".

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