Dennis Rodman: Back in North Korea to See Kim Jong Un!

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Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea. The NBA Hall of Famer is making a second trip to the rogue nation helmed by his "friend for life" Kim Jong Un.

The purpose of The Worm's return is somewhat unclear, but he says he will NOT try to negotiate the release of an American held by Kim's regime since 2012.

"I'm not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae," Rodman told media in Beijing. "I'm just going there on another basketball diplomacy tour."

"I just want to meet my friend Kim, the marshal, and start a basketball league. I have not been promised anything. I am just going there as a friendly gesture."

"I'm just going over there to have a good time and try to bridge the gap."

"Just let's let people see in America that it's not a bad thing to go to North Korea and have a good time and meet new people, Americans and North Koreans."

Rodman visited North Korea in late February and bonded with its young dictator at a time of heightened tensions across the Korean peninsula.

After U.N. sanctions imposed in March over Pyongyang's February nuclear test, North Korea threatened D.C. and Seoul with nuclear and missile strikes.

Kim Jong Un also shuttered an inter-Korean factory in the North.

Though those tensions eased, Pyongyang canceled a visit by the U.S. special envoy on human rights issues in North Korea to negotiate the release of Bae.

The Korean-American missionary was arrested this past November and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "plotting to overthrow the state."

Whatever Rodman hopes to accomplish there, it will not involve Bae. Just a lot of back-slapping with a guy who reportedly had his ex-girlfriend executed.

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