July 07, 2022

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Colin Zwirko

Colin Zwirko is a Senior Analytic Correspondent for NK News based in Seoul. Follow him on Twitter @ColinZwirko.

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North Korea producing new open-air ‘tourist’ tramcars despite closed borders

North Korea producing new open-air ‘tourist’ tramcars despite closed borders

Officials appear to be taking steps to expand travel sector, though COVID outbreak casts doubt over tourism this summer

North Korea producing new open-air ‘tourist’ tramcars despite closed borders
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 20, 2022
Work resumes at North Korean aerospace base after Kim Jong Un’s visit: Imagery
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Work resumes at North Korean aerospace base after Kim Jong Un’s visit: Imagery

Activity at ‘space environmental test base’ suggests DPRK pushing forward plans for military reconnaissance satellite

Work resumes at North Korean aerospace base after Kim Jong Un’s visit: Imagery
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 17, 2022
800 North Korean families ‘suffering’ from outbreak of new disease: State media

800 North Korean families ‘suffering’ from outbreak of new disease: State media

Top elites ‘donate’ more medicine as propaganda campaign ramps up on party’s response to intestinal disease epidemic

800 North Korean families ‘suffering’ from outbreak of new disease: State media
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 17, 2022
Crisis in North Korea’s rice bowl as stomach bug spreads amid drought, COVID

Crisis in North Korea’s rice bowl as stomach bug spreads amid drought, COVID

Kim Jong Un ‘donates’ medicine to region suffering intensitinal disease outbreak and orders quarantine, state media says

Crisis in North Korea’s rice bowl as stomach bug spreads amid drought, COVID
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 16, 2022
Major construction springs up in shadow of infamous Pyongyang hotel: Imagery
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Major construction springs up in shadow of infamous Pyongyang hotel: Imagery

Lack of fanfare in North Korean state media suggests ‘bottom-up’ investment is behind ambitious project, expert says

Major construction springs up in shadow of infamous Pyongyang hotel: Imagery
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 14, 2022
Kim Jong Un watches death of mentor who backed his rule in new North Korean film

Kim Jong Un watches death of mentor who backed his rule in new North Korean film

Documentary boosting leader’s personality cult features new photos of young Kim and eulogizes late military official

Kim Jong Un watches death of mentor who backed his rule in new North Korean film
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 13, 2022
Kim Jong Un orders crackdown on ‘abuse of power’ among North Korean officials

Kim Jong Un orders crackdown on ‘abuse of power’ among North Korean officials

DPRK leader discusses struggle against ‘unsound’ acts with top party secretaries in follow-up to last week’s plenum

Kim Jong Un orders crackdown on ‘abuse of power’ among North Korean officials
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 13, 2022
North Korea kicks off major party meeting despite ongoing COVID outbreak

North Korea kicks off major party meeting despite ongoing COVID outbreak

Kim Jong Un reportedly returns from public absence to lead party plenum attended by hundreds of officials

North Korea kicks off major party meeting despite ongoing COVID outbreak
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 9, 2022
Kim Jong Un sits out politburo meeting for first time as party preps for plenum

Kim Jong Un sits out politburo meeting for first time as party preps for plenum

2021 rule change allows members to lead meetings, though North Korean media has not publicized leader’s absence before

Kim Jong Un sits out politburo meeting for first time as party preps for plenum
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 8, 2022
From COVID to nukes: What to expect at North Korea’s upcoming party plenum

From COVID to nukes: What to expect at North Korea’s upcoming party plenum

Virus response and economy likely top priorities at major meeting, though Kim Jong Un may comment on foreign relations

From COVID to nukes: What to expect at North Korea’s upcoming party plenum
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 7, 2022