The Latest: US official wishes Rodman well in North Korea
BEIJING (AP) The latest developments on Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea (all times local):
A senior U.S. government official has said the U.S. wishes former NBA star Dennis Rodman well on his trip to North Korea.
Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon also told reporters in Tokyo that the U.S. has issued travel warnings to Americans suggesting they not travel to North Korea for their own safety.
Rodman is heading to North Korea later Tuesday from Beijing. He has visited several times before.
Shannon is in Tokyo to meet Japanese officials before heading to South Korea.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been spotted at Beijing airport, from where he is expected to board a flight to North Korea.
He was wearing sunglasses in a black T-shirt as he walked through media cameras and headed to a first-class lounge.
Rodman has made several visits to North Korea. This is his first since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.
His entourage included Joseph Terwilliger, a professor who has accompanied Rodman on previous trips to North Korea.
North Korea is expecting another visit by former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman.
He's made several visits to the country, but has been roundly criticized for insensitive comments and for regaling leader Kim Jong Un with ''Happy Birthday'' in 2014. On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.
A foreign ministry official who spoke to the AP in Pyongyang confirmed Rodman was expected to arrive Tuesday but could not provide details. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the ministry had not issued a formal statement.
It would be Rodman's first visit to the country since President Donald Trump took office.