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Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea to visit Kim Jong Un

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP/WRCB) - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is once again visiting an old friend overseas.

Rodman landed in North Korea early Tuesday morning to meet with the country's authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un.

The former basketball player said he's on a mission to "hang out" with Kim. Rodman said his visit is about "basketball diplomacy."

"I want to try to keep the communication going, as far as like, I just want to go over there to meet my friend Kim, the Marshall, and try to, you know, start a new basketball league, stuff like that," Rodman said.

Rodman was asked whether he'll also ask for the release of jailed American missionary Kenneth Bae. 

"My main plan is basically to come here not to be a diplomat, to be a friend of the marshal (Kim) and of the country of North Korea, and just to show people around the world that we as Americans can actually get along with North Korea," he said.

His visit is scheduled for five days. This marks the second time the basketball-loving duo has hung out this year. Rodman first visited Kim in February amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

"And I am an athlete, and I know that the marshal, he loves sports, he loves basketball, so I guess that me and him have something in common. So I've come over here to visit him, to see how he's doing, see how the family is doing, and just revisit the country," Rodman said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report).

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