January 29, 2023
What If?

What if North Korea hosts the World Cup?

The country already has a number of large stadiums but would need South Korean help to overhaul its infrastructure

Editor’s note: What If? is an NK News series featuring scenarios about North Korea’s future. Articles in this series draw on verified facts and rigorous analysis to explore hypothetical events in the years and decades ahead.

150,000 people cheer as Kim Jong Un walks toward the center of Pyongyang’s refurbished Rungrado May 1 Stadium, to the glittering trophy at the center of the pitch.