Dennis Rodman the former NBA star wraps up his visit to North Korean capital on Saturday.
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 student who was arrested and imprisoned in the North for 17 months, then released just hours before Rodman’s arrival.
Official on both the sides US and North Korea denied any role playing by the NBA star in the release of Warmbier.
Warmbier suffered severe brain damage while in custody. Doctors in Ohio 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.
During the time of his visit, Rodman said to have played basketball with the North Korean men’s and women’s teams, visited the city zoo, met Olympic athletes and presented the country’s sports minister with a copy of President Donald Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal.”
Although the U.S. policy does not ban its citizen from visiting North Korea, the U.S. State Department strongly advises against it.