Dennis Rodman checks in for the Beijing to Pyongyang flight at the Air Koryo counter at Terminal 2 of Beijing Capital International Airport on Sept. 3. (Photo: Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY)

[USA Today]

BEIJING – Former basketball star Dennis Rodman flew Tuesday to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, where he says he will once more hang out with his friend Kim Jong Un, the reclusive state’s young dictator.

Rodman shocked the world when he met and praised Kim during a visit to North Korea in February with the Harlem Globetrotters. The flamboyant and often controversial star became the first American to meet the leader, a 29-year-old basketball fan whose father and grandfather ruled North Korea before him.

At Beijing airport Tuesday, Rodman said he will “try to bridge a gap with Americans and North Korea” and expects to meet Kim for dinner Tuesday or Wednesday. But he will not raise the case of jailed U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, who is currently serving a 15-year hard labor sentence for committing “hostile acts” toward North Korea. “I’m not a diplomat,” he said repeatedly Tuesday.


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