Report: Dennis Rodman to visit North Korea

NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has, in the past, shared a relationship with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un that many have found strange.

It appears that two are still friendly.

CNN reports Rodman will be touching down in North Korea on Tuesday.

He was seen at the Beijing International Airport but Rodman didn't respond to questions, according to CNN. However, North Korean officials did confirm to the media outlet that Rodman is expected.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) watches a basketball game between former U.S. NBA basketball players and North Korean players of the Hwaebul team of the DPRK with Dennis Rodman (R) at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang January 9, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman of the U.S. shows pictures he took with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the media, upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, in this combination picture of frames shot September 7, 2013. Rodman returned on Saturday from his second visit to North Korea this year where he again met the reclusive country's leader Kim Jong-un, but did not come back with jailed American missionary Kenneth Bae. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA)
Hakan Sokmensuer, a tourist from Florida in the United States, who travelled to Pyongyang and watched the basketball games between former NBA players and North Korean players, shows a copy of North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper featuring the picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with Dennis Rodman, upon his arrival from North Korea's Pyongyang, at Beijing Capital International Airport January 9, 2014. Rodman's fourth trip to North Korea has drawn criticism from human rights activists and the family of imprisoned U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae after Rodman appeared to suggest in an interview peppered with obscenities that Bae, rather than the North Korean authorities, was responsible for his incarceration. The headline on the newspaper reads as "Dear Leader Kim Jong Un watched a basketball game between our players and U.S. players". REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un talks with Dennis Rodman (L) after they watched a basketball game between former U.S. NBA basketball players and North Korean players of the Hwaebul team of the DPRK at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang January 9, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT BASKETBALL) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
Bodyguards clear a path for former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) as journalists surround him upon his arrival from North Korea's Pyongyang at Beijing Capital International Airport January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)
Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman is surrounded by journalists upon his arrival from North Korea's Pyongyang at Beijing Capital International Airport January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY MEDIA)
Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman (C) takes part in a practice session with North Korean basketball players and other former NBA stars in Pyongyang, in this photo taken January 7, 2014 and released by Kyodo January 9, 2014. Rodman headed for a North Korean ski resort on Thursday after staging a match in Pyongyang for dictator Kim Jong Un's birthday that has drawn the ire of human rights activists and some of his fellow professionals. Picture taken January 7, 2014. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT BASKETBALL) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN
Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman (2nd R) shakes hands with officials upon arriving in North Korea, in this still image taken from video released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 19, 2013. Rodman said on Thursday he was not going to North Korea to talk about politics or human rights, despite political tension surrounding the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle. Rodman has visited Pyongyang twice before, spending time dining as a guest of Kim, with whom he says he has a genuine friendship. REUTERS/KCNA for Reuters TV (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY PROFILE) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. NORTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORTH KOREA. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
Retired U.S. NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) poses with his team members after arriving in Pyongyang in this still image taken from video, February 26, 2013. Rodman arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to film a television documentary with representatives of the Harlem Globetrotters celebrity team, North Korean state television reported. REUTERS/KCNA for REUTERS TV (NORTH KOREA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman (C) arrives at Pyongyang airport, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 3, 2013. Flamboyant former basketball star Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a five-day visit to North Korea, his second this year, but said he had no plans to negotiate the release of a jailed American missionary. Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN
Former US basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) shows pictures from his trip to North Korea to members of the media as he arrives at Beijing International Airport on September 7, 2013. Rodman returned to China from Pyongyang on September 7 after a five-day trip when he met Kim Jong-Un, but without jailed American Kenneth Bae. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman of the US (C) waits to check in for his flight to North Korea after his arrival at Beijing's international airport on January 6, 2014. Rodman, who visited Pyongyang in December, will visit North Korea from January 6 to 10. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman of the U.S. shows a picture which he took with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as he arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport September 7, 2013. Kim again met Rodman during his second visit to North Korea this year, North Korea's state news agency said on Saturday but made no mention on whether the two discussed the fate of a jailed American missionary. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT BASKETBALL MEDIA)
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The report of Rodman's visit comes amid rising tensions as the reclusive Asian nation has continued its weapons testing.

Thursday marked North Korea's fourth missile test within four weeks' time. Troy Stangarone, the Korea Economic Institute of America's senior director for congressional affairs, predicts it's capable of performing such trials at a pace of one every two weeks for the remainder of the year.

The purpose of Rodman's visit is not known at this time. However, he happens to be one of the few people in the U.S. who has met both President Trump and the North Korean leader.

He was once a contestant on Trump's 'Celebrity Apprentice' and first visited North Korea in 2013 for the filming of a VICE News program.

As the Los Angeles Times notes, "That visit was followed by others in which Rodman ate and drank, smoked cigars, played basketball and sailed on a yacht with Kim."

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