Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea

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Retired Chicago Bulls superstar Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea today to lead a controversial basketball match in the communist nation to marking dictator Kim Jong-un's birthday.

Rodman has visited North Korea before and refers to the leader as a personal friend, organising a match featuring a select side of former NBA players, who will play a team of home-based players in an exhibition match later this week.

The former Bulls standout has been to North Korea three times previously and insists that he is trying to bring the isolated state closer to America, although the US state department has been at pains to make sure that his actions are not representative of the state.

Rodman made the last leg of his journey from Pyongyang from Beijing earlier today and insisted that the trip would hopefully open doors for more serious discussions further down the line.

He told Sky News: "The only thing we are doing right now, as you can see right now, is all the NBA players here to play a game right now.

"And that's the one thing we're trying to do right now. He's my friend first. He's my friend. I don’t give a/ I tell the world: he's my friend, I love him."

11 former NBA players are believed to be among the travelling party, for a match to mark Mr. Kim's 31st birthday.

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