Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea to coach team

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has arrived in North Korea for his latest round of "basketball diplomacy", according to CNN.

The 52-year-old, who considers North Korea leader Kim Jong Un a friend having made two previous visits to the country, is set to train the national basketball team.

Rodman will spend four days in the country, along with a documentary crew, in order to get the team ready for an exhibition match in Pyongyang on January 8.

Rodman's latest visit comes at a politically tricky time for Kim, who has received widespread condemnation outside of North Korea for his regime's role in the execution of his uncle, Jang Song Thaek.

Relations between North Korea and the USA have become increasingly hostile over the past 12 months, but Rodman believes the power of basketball can bring the two countries closer together.

A spokesman for Paddy Power confirmed that this latest trip is non-political - and is instead intended "to prove once again that sport has the power to rise above all issues."

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