Dennis Rodman expected in North Korea for first visit during Trump presidency

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The goal of the former basketball player's [VIDEO] visit to the isolated country is not quite clear, but Rodman - a former contestant on Donald Trump's presidency reality TV show, known as "Celebrity Apprentice", is among the few Americans to have met Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader.

The extraordinary proposal is the latest effort by South Korea's new president to improve ties between the countries, which have come under increasing strain as the North ramps up its threat of missile attacks on its southern neighbour.

During the meeting, the envoy presented President Moon with a hand-written letter by Japanese Prime Minister Abe, where he stressed the need for continued pressure and sanctions on North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) watches a basketball game between former U.S. NBA basketball players and North Korean players of the Hwaebul team of the DPRK with Dennis Rodman (R) at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang January 9, 2014.

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Mr Infantino, who became Federation Internationale de Football Association president a year ago, is believed to have told Mr Moon that he will discuss the idea with Chinese president Xi Jinping as tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula.

The 2030 World Cup possibilities were discussed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino during his visit to South Korea last week.

The South Korean military is trying to figure out where in the North the drone was flown from.

The opening fixture will see hosts Russian Federation face 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners New Zealand in Saint Petersburg on Saturday. South Korea has for sometime now been weighing up its chances in preparing a bid for the tournament, but has shown a desire to partner with a neighbouring country to split the costs and the tournament.

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"If East Asian countries, including the two Koreas, host the World Cup, I think this will help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula as well as the entire region".

China is allegedly also interested in the 2030 World Cup, and there is speculation as well about a joint bid from Uruguay and Argentina.

Former NBA star #Dennis Rodman is expected to visit #North Korea Tuesday, two officials from that country confirmed to CNN.

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