North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Two Sports Economy Projects Completed

Two construction projects linked to the DPRK’s policy of promoting sports and physical culture were opened in Pyongyang on 3 October (Thursday).  A ceremony was held on Thursday marking the … Continue reading


Kim Jong Un Meets and Watches Basketball Game with Dennis Rodman (updated 9 September)

DPRK state media reported on 6 September (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with retired National Basketball Association [NBA]  player Dennis Rodman.   Also in attendance was Kim … Continue reading

09/07/2013 · 1 Comment

Kim Jong Un Attends Football Match and Archery Competition

On 31 July (Wednesday), Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended a men’s football (soccer) match and an archery competition.  Attending the athletic competitions with him were VMar Choe Ryong Hae … Continue reading

08/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Visits Yanggakdo Stadium and Football Game

DPRK state media reported on 29 April (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Yanggakdo Stadium and attended the men’s football finals for the Mangyo’ngdae Prize at Kim … Continue reading

04/30/2013 · Leave a comment

KIS and KJU Statues Dedicated at People’s Security Headquarters

DPRK state media reported that on 14 April (Sunday) statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were unveiled and dedicated at the headquarters of the Ministry of People’s … Continue reading

04/14/2013 · Leave a comment

Kim Jong Un Watches Archery Competition and Tours the Youth Street Sport Village in Pyongyang

DPRK state media reported on 8 March (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) watched an archery competition and toured the Chongchun (Youth) Street sports village in Mangyo’ngdae in western … Continue reading

03/09/2013 · Leave a comment

Dennis Rodman and Members of the Harlem Globetrotters Arrive in Pyongyang

DPRK state media and the Associated Press reported on 26 February (Tuesday) that former National Basketball Association [US] forward and Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang, along with … Continue reading

02/26/2013 · 1 Comment

DPRK Announces Top Ten Athletes and Coaches in 2012

DPRK state media reported on 17 January (Thursday) that it selected the county’s top athletes and coaches for the year 2012.  Although the country has previously issued lists of top … Continue reading

01/19/2013 · Leave a comment

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