Dennis Rodman Visits North Korea Again to Meet Kim Jong Un

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said on Tuesday he was about to visit North Korea as a private citizen.

Rodman met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on previous trips to Pyongyang.

He was expected to arrive in North Korea later on Tuesday for a trip that the State Department said was not an official U.S. visit, CNN reported on Monday.

In a tweet posted on Tuesday morning, Rodman confirmed what will be his fourth visit to the secretive east Asian state, saying he "will discuss when I return."

Headed back to North Korea. Thank you for sponsoring my mission. I'll discuss when I return.

— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) June 13, 2017

The Washington Post, meanwhile, noted that Rodman's visit to Kim, a basketball fan, comes at the same time as U.S. President Donald Trump is reportedly attempting to establish "back channels" of communication to the supreme leader.

Four U.S. citizens are currently being held by North Korea, including Otto Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia given 15 years in prison with hard labor for the attempted theft of a propaganda poster in January 2016.