Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, along with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, are headed to North Korea with a crew from VICE television, the Associated Press reported.
The trip comes at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, following North Korea's recent underground nuclear tests.
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The AP reported the group were due to arrive on Tuesday and that VICE hoped they would "engage in a little 'basketball diplomacy' with North Koreans."
The trip comes a day after rival South Korea's new president Park Geun-hye urged the North to give up its nuclear ambitions, the New York Times reported.