North Korea Is Reportedly Making Advances In Developing A Biological Weapon

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said he thinks President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are "pretty much the same people".

Rodman, who visited Guam last week, had sought to fly to Pyongyang for his sixth trip from Beijing, but he could not receive approval from US authorities.

Under the ban, Americans are required to obtain a special passport validation to travel to North Korea.

"It's not even that much, '" Rodman told the Guardian.

The decision was motivated by the detention of some 15 USA citizens over the past decade, including Otto Warmbier who was returned from North Korea in a coma in July and subsequently died. Warmbier died shortly after returning to the USA from what the North Koreans claimed was botulism; Warmbier's parents allege his death resulted from mistreatment during his captivity.

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Pyongyang blamed the USA for the tensions in the region, claiming Donald Trump's "nuclear blackmail" was behind the World War 3 fears, according to the rogue nation's state-run media.

"I think it's good for everybody in the world to see we can actually get along", Rodman, who tried but could not visit North Korea this time, said at Beijing's global airport before boarding a flight back to the United States. "I guess things will settle down a bit and everybody can rest at ease", the 56-year-old former National Basketball Association player said.

"I think that's a major step", said Rodman, who met with Kim on three of the five past trips he made to North Korea, adding that sports is a "good way to have communication".

Rodman claims that he has been trying to talk to Trump about North Korea for a while now.

"If I can go back over there ... you'll see me talking to him, and sitting down and having dinner, a glass of wine, laughing and doing my thing", Rodman told the paper. Asked what that something might be, Rodman was coy. "He's an unusual-looking dude, and he shows there's more diversity on the outside than they're willing to believe". Because he doesn't look like the cartoon Americans painted on the walls of schools - he doesn't have claws for hands, or anything like that.