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13 June 2017

The latest developments on Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea (all times local): 12:30 p.m.: Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he's going to North Korea to try to open a door.

US and South Korean officials earlier said the murder was orchestrated by the North's leader Jong Un.

Rodman was mobbed by journalists when he arrived at Beijing's airport on Tuesday to catch a flight for the North Korean capital.

However, it has now been confirmed that Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was holding US$120,000 in cash (RM511,326) when he was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport in February, the Asahi Shimbun reports.

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In a statement accompanying Tuesday's trip, his publicist pointed out that Rodman was in the unusual position of being friends with both US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. North Korea is expecting another visit by former National Basketball Association bad boy Rodman on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in what would be his first to the country since President Donald Trump took office.

"I was in [Trump's] office, and he said, 'I want to go.' That's the first thing he said, " Rodman said.

His 2014 trip made negative headlines in the media which angered Rodman during an interview with CNN. However, Fox News, citing a senior Trump administration official, reported that Rodman was traveling to North Korea as a "private citizen".

Rodman was also spotted at the Beijing International Airport on Monday night where he refused to answer questions about his visit.

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His last visit came in January 2014, when Rodman and a group of other former NBA players took part in an exhibition basketball game.

Rodman's expected visit to Pyongyang would be the first under Trump, a man with whom he has a personal relationship.

The unpredictable Trump has offered some mixed messages to Kim Jong Un, saying he would be "honored" to meet him under the right conditions and describing the young leader as "a pretty smart cookie". "I wish you success in your responsible work of building a powerful Russian Federation, of protecting its security and interests for the sake of the welfare and prosperity of your people", Kim said, as quoted by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). He was heavily criticized in the USA for not bringing up the case of Kenneth Bae, an American imprisoned on charges of "hostile acts" who spent 735 days in North Korean custody before being released in 2014.

Rodman's agent, Chris Volo, said at the West Point talk that "Dennis would do anything for President Trump".

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The stepping up efforts to muster global support for further pressure on North Korea over its provocative acts.

Potcoin sponsoring Rodman's North Korea trip