June 20, 2021

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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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Kim Jong Un reappears at politburo meeting, calls ‘urgent’ party event next week

Kim Jong Un reappears at politburo meeting, calls ‘urgent’ party event next week

North Korean leadership must urgently meet to resolve numerous issues the country faces in the pandemic era, Kim says

Kim Jong Un reappears at politburo meeting, calls ‘urgent’ party event next week
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 4, 2021
Kim Jong Un skips post-congress photo op for first time amid lengthy absence

Kim Jong Un skips post-congress photo op for first time amid lengthy absence

Nearly one month out of the public eye, the North Korean leader is on his seventh extended break since 2020

Kim Jong Un skips post-congress photo op for first time amid lengthy absence
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 3, 2021
North Korea accuses US of ‘hostile act’ in terminating ROK missile limits

North Korea accuses US of ‘hostile act’ in terminating ROK missile limits

In first reaction to Biden-Moon summit, DPRK statement says U.S. only paying “lip-service" to talks

North Korea accuses US of ‘hostile act’ in terminating ROK missile limits
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 30, 2021
North Korean children rush to coal mines to ‘repay’ party’s love: state media

North Korean children rush to coal mines to ‘repay’ party’s love: state media

Orphans brought up by the state reportedly volunteering to work in “difficult and labor-consuming fields”

North Korean children rush to coal mines to ‘repay’ party’s love: state media
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 28, 2021
Kim Jong Un tells workers ‘communist faith’ will overcome poverty, bring utopia

Kim Jong Un tells workers ‘communist faith’ will overcome poverty, bring utopia

North Korean leader’s letter read at the 8th Congress of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea held this week

Kim Jong Un tells workers ‘communist faith’ will overcome poverty, bring utopia
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 27, 2021
Kim Jong Un’s private ‘floating amusement park’ appears headed for Wonsan villa
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Kim Jong Un’s private ‘floating amusement park’ appears headed for Wonsan villa

Luxury yacht has in the past been good indicator of North Korean leader’s whereabouts

Kim Jong Un’s private ‘floating amusement park’ appears headed for Wonsan villa
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 25, 2021
Biden and Moon pledge denuclearization talks with North Korea

Biden and Moon pledge denuclearization talks with North Korea

U.S. president willing to meet Kim Jong Un after working-level talks, appoints Sung Kim as special envoy on DPRK policy

Biden and Moon pledge denuclearization talks with North Korea
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 21, 2021
Dozens of highrises sprout up in Pyongyang as Kim Jong Un’s June deadline looms

Dozens of highrises sprout up in Pyongyang as Kim Jong Un’s June deadline looms

State media suggests rapid progress, but recent failures to finish ambitious projects cast doubt on timely completion

Dozens of highrises sprout up in Pyongyang as Kim Jong Un’s June deadline looms
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 21, 2021
North Korea reminds the world that its aerospace program is forging ahead

North Korea reminds the world that its aerospace program is forging ahead

State media hypes “ceaseless” efforts by rocket scientists to improve their work

North Korea reminds the world that its aerospace program is forging ahead
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 20, 2021
Big red flag? Signs praising Kim Jong Un replaced by party slogan nationwide

Big red flag? Signs praising Kim Jong Un replaced by party slogan nationwide

Latest change comes as Kim’s military symbol was removed from Pyongyang streets this spring

Big red flag? Signs praising Kim Jong Un replaced by party slogan nationwide
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko May 19, 2021
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