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 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

Documentary Film on KJU’s Security Orgs Visits During August to November 2012

DPRK state media over the weekend release a documentary film of Kim Jong Un’s visiting Korean People’s Army [KPA] sites, interactions with members of internal security agencies and and attending … Continue reading

01/22/2013 · Leave a 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

DPRK Draws 0-0 Against Columbia

The DPRK women’s team played Columbia to a scoreless draw Wednesday (6 July) Bochum, Germany during their final appearance at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.  The DPRK finished third … Continue reading

07/06/2011 · Leave a comment

Sweden Beats DPRK 1-0

The DPRK’s youthful women’s soccer squad remains winless in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, losing on Saturday [2 July] 1-0 to Sweden in Augsburg, Germany.  Despite DPRK goalkeeper Hong … Continue reading

07/03/2011 · Leave a comment

No Interviews of DPRK Women’s World Cup Team [UPDATED 28 June]

UPDATE [28 June] The US defeated the DPRK teenagers 2-0, despite Hong Myo’ng-hu’i’s best efforts.  The DPRK will face Sweden on Saturday [2 July] around 8:00 am [EST].  The AP … Continue reading

06/27/2011 · Leave a comment

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