May 27, 2024

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Colin Zwirko

Colin Zwirko is a Senior Analytic Correspondent for NK News based in Seoul. He joined the company in 2018 after receiving a master's degree in international security and foreign policy from South Korea's Yonsei University. Follow him on Twitter.

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North Korea’s rapid weapons plant construction betrays urgent production push
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North Korea’s rapid weapons plant construction betrays urgent production push

Kim Jong Un’s latest factory tour suggests even unfinished facility may be operational amid arms sales to Russia

North Korea’s rapid weapons plant construction betrays urgent production push
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 23, 2024
Kim Jong Un displays portrait next to predecessors in personality cult boost

Kim Jong Un displays portrait next to predecessors in personality cult boost

First public display of own portrait in same fashion as father, grandfather seen at party cadre school opening

Kim Jong Un displays portrait next to predecessors in personality cult boost
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 22, 2024
North Korea appears to test rocket engine amid preparation for satellite launch
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North Korea appears to test rocket engine amid preparation for satellite launch

Signs of vegetation die-off at test stand come as DPRK looks to put three more military satellites in orbit this year

North Korea appears to test rocket engine amid preparation for satellite launch
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 3, 2024
Kim Jong Un rolls up with six new Toyota SUVs in convoy at latest appearance

Kim Jong Un rolls up with six new Toyota SUVs in convoy at latest appearance

Acquisition of customized Japanese vehicles is another demonstration of North Korea’s ability to evade sanctions

Kim Jong Un rolls up with six new Toyota SUVs in convoy at latest appearance
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko | Joe Smith April 26, 2024
Kim Jong Un guides test of rocket developed by ‘newly-founded’ military factory

Kim Jong Un guides test of rocket developed by ‘newly-founded’ military factory

Test comes as North Korea celebrates 92nd founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army

Kim Jong Un guides test of rocket developed by ‘newly-founded’ military factory
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 26, 2024
North Korea’s Air Koryo changes logo to comply with new anti-unification policy

North Korea’s Air Koryo changes logo to comply with new anti-unification policy

Removal of Korean Peninsula from flag carrier’s logo is in line with sweeping changes to inter-Korean symbols this year

North Korea’s Air Koryo changes logo to comply with new anti-unification policy
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 25, 2024
Thousands of North Korean propaganda workers gather to boost Kim Jong Un worship

Thousands of North Korean propaganda workers gather to boost Kim Jong Un worship

Leader did not attend conference where top official demanded attendees become ‘powerful megaphones’ for Kim’s teaching

Thousands of North Korean propaganda workers gather to boost Kim Jong Un worship
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 24, 2024
North Korea and Iran to hold talks on economic cooperation in Tehran

North Korea and Iran to hold talks on economic cooperation in Tehran

External Economic Relations minister leads first DPRK delegation to Iran in almost five years

North Korea and Iran to hold talks on economic cooperation in Tehran
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 24, 2024
Kim Jong Un leads salvo missile launch in first test of ‘nuclear trigger’ system

Kim Jong Un leads salvo missile launch in first test of ‘nuclear trigger’ system

North Korea blames US-ROK air force drills for raising tensions in report on test of command and control over nukes

Kim Jong Un leads salvo missile launch in first test of ‘nuclear trigger’ system
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 23, 2024
New work underway at DPRK space launch site but Seoul says liftoff not imminent

New work underway at DPRK space launch site but Seoul says liftoff not imminent

Satellite imagery shows construction on installation next to launchpad at Sohae Satellite Launching Center

New work underway at DPRK space launch site but Seoul says liftoff not imminent
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 22, 2024
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