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Dennis Rodman, Harlem Globetrotters head to North Korea for HBO show

Rodman, along with three members of the Globetrotters basketball team, headed to Pyongyang with a crew from VICE television.
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View of the North Korean town of Supung across the Yalu River from the Chinese town of Xiejiagou on February 9, 2013. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

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.