Former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman, who has formed a bizarre friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, says he will go to North Korea again to seek the release of a Korean American who is being held there.
Kenneth Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for unspecified "hostile acts" against the reclusive state in May.
Rodman told Huffington TV on Sunday, "I gave [Kim Jong-un] a great indication of when I'm going to Beijing soon -- that's just a hop, skip and a jump from North Korea. So basically, you know, I'm pretty sure I'll be talking to him soon."
"I will definitely ask for Kenneth Bae's release," he added. "I will say, 'Marshal, why is this guy held hostage?' I could try and soften it up in that way."
The North recently invited the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, Robert King, to discuss Bae's release but abruptly canceled the invitation.
In February, the flamboyant ex-sportsman made headlines by visiting the North, where he watched a basketball game and had dinner with the young North Korean leader. In early August, he said he wanted to visit the North again on holiday, but that came to nothing, casting some doubt on his present hopes.