Vowing to return, Rodman wraps up low-key Pyongyang visit

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 7:46 PM

On his way to the airport, Rodman vowed to return and said his "thoughts and prayers" are with the family of Otto Warmbier, an American learner who was arrested and imprisoned in the N for seventeen months, then released just hours before Rodman'south arrival.

Vowing to return, Rodman wraps up low-key Pyongyang visit

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, vowing to arrive back again soon, on Saturday wrapped up a low-key and incident-free visit to the N Korean capital.

On his way to the airport, Rodman vowed to return and said his "thoughts and prayers" are with the family of Otto Warmbier, an American learner who was arrested and imprisoned in the N for seventeen months, then released just hours before Rodman'south arrival.

Warmbier suffered severe brain damage while in custody. Doctors in OH described him as being in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" but declined to discuss his outlook for improvement, saying such information would be kept confidential.

U. S. and N Korean executive said Rodman played number role in freeing Warmbier and the timing of the release and Rodman's arrival was a coincidence.

Three more American citizens stay in N Korean custody.

During his visit, Rodman played basketball with men'south and women'south teams, visited the city zoo, met Olympic athletes and presented the country'south sports minister with a duplicate of President Donald Trump'south book, "The Art of the Deal." The unsigned book, and a "Where'south Waldo" travel edition, were to be passed on to boss Kim Jong Un, who Rodman had met on previous visits in two thousand-thirteenth band 2014.

Rodman was on two seasons of Trump'south "Celebrity Apprentice" reality TV show.

Rodman created a stir by arriving in the country with his tiny entourage all wearing clothing and hats featuring the title of a company specializing in a cybercurrency used to purchase and sell marijuana.

Marijuana is illegal in N Korea.

His earlier trips generated a storm of publicity, particularly when he regaled boss Kim with a rendition of "Pleased Birthday" at an exhibition game he'd arranged that included some other former NBA players. On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in N Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.

Although U. S. citizens aren't banned from visiting North Korea, the U. S. State Dept strongly advises against it.

Rodman, who arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday, was scheduled to fly to Beijing before returning to the United States.

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