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A cryptocurrency for weed is sending Dennis Rodman back to North Korea

A cryptocurrency for weed is sending Dennis Rodman back to North Korea

Later, a Washington D.C. reporter asked Tillerson: "Any reaction to the North Korea news that it's because of Rodman's (involvement)?"

"My objective is to actually to see if I can keep bringing sports to North Korea, so that's the main thing", said Rodman, who spoke quietly and was escorted through customs and immigration by two handlers.

Rodman, who has palled around with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, flew to Pyongyang on Tuesday on a trip he says he hopes will "open a door" for his former "Celebrity Apprentice" boss, Trump.

Rodman has visited North Korea several times over the past four years to promote what he calls "basketball diplomacy".

"Apparently our message is not being conveyed properly due to the circumstances that are much bigger than us", Smith told The Associated Press before the exhibition game.

Speaking to NK News over social media, PotCoin spokesperson Shawn Perez said part of the group's objective for the trip was to raise awareness of "the healthier choices of hemp and to slow down the opioid epidemic". Rodman, in an interview with CNN before landing in North Korea, said he was "trying to accomplish something we both need", referring to himself and the Trump administration. "I'll discuss when I return", Rodman tweeted Tuesday. "Thanks to my sponsor".

The ex-Chicago Bulls power forward has made least four visits to the capital, most recently in 2014 when he attracted a deluge of criticism after being filmed singing happy birthday to his "friend for life" Mr Kim.

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Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea has some, including The Washington Post, wondering whether President Donald Trump tapped the five-time National Basketball Association champion to return to the hot-button pariah nation.

The president has said he'd welcome a meeting with Kim if the circumstances were right. Rodman, who had defended the trip as "a great idea for the world", appeared outraged after a question about then-detained American citizen Kenneth Bae.

There are three other Americans now being held in North Korea. At the same time, his trips have also faced ridicule and criticism from some US politicians and activists who view them as fodder for North Korean propaganda. North Korea's Supreme Leader is reported to be a major basketball fan. Pyongyang has reportedly imprisoned more than 100,000 of its own people in draconian, Soviet-style prison camps and spends millions on its military programs instead of its impoverished population.

Rodman said the issue of several Americans currently detained by North Korea is "not my goal right now".

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

But relations between Pyongyang and Washington were considerably less tense in 2013 than they have been in recent months.

But on his final night in Pyongyang - New Year's Eve - Warmbier apparently went to a staff-only floor of his hotel and attempted to take down a large propaganda sign lauding the regime. The Unites States is upset that North Korea refuses to stop developing nuclear weapons. The US does not have a diplomatic mission in North Korea. "We wish him well, but we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety", U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon told the AP.

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