January 21, 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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Kim Jong Un skips full year of military drills and missile tests for first time

Kim Jong Un skips full year of military drills and missile tests for first time

Health issues likely played a role in abnormally inactive year for North Korean leader

Kim Jong Un skips full year of military drills and missile tests for first time
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 31, 2021
North Korea extends party meeting as country prepares to ring in new year

North Korea extends party meeting as country prepares to ring in new year

State media reports plenum to continue Friday but doesn’t mention celebrations on 10th anniversary of Kim Jong Un’s rule

North Korea extends party meeting as country prepares to ring in new year
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 31, 2021
Kim Jong Un sits out party meetings as state media marks 10 years of his rule

Kim Jong Un sits out party meetings as state media marks 10 years of his rule

Day three of party plenum focused on budget discussions and studying Kim's speeches

Kim Jong Un sits out party meetings as state media marks 10 years of his rule
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 30, 2021
North Korea puts ‘rural problem’ on agenda as party meeting extended

North Korea puts ‘rural problem’ on agenda as party meeting extended

Kim Jong Un made speeches during first two days of party plenum, but state media has yet to release full details

North Korea puts ‘rural problem’ on agenda as party meeting extended
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 29, 2021
North Korea promises to give children what they want — new TV shows

North Korea promises to give children what they want — new TV shows

Students reportedly requested new cartoons and educational programs, as the state pushes to instill socialist values

North Korea promises to give children what they want — new TV shows
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 28, 2021
Kim Jong Un kicks off major party meeting to lay plans for 2022

Kim Jong Un kicks off major party meeting to lay plans for 2022

North Korea's party plenum expected to last multiple days and discuss major foreign and domestic policy issues

Kim Jong Un kicks off major party meeting to lay plans for 2022
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 28, 2021
Policy bombshells and NYE concert: What to expect as North Korea wraps up 2021

Policy bombshells and NYE concert: What to expect as North Korea wraps up 2021

Kim Jong Un may make New Year’s speech at party plenum this week to announce major policy decisions

Policy bombshells and NYE concert: What to expect as North Korea wraps up 2021
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 27, 2021
North Korea’s newest attempt at Twitter, YouTube relies on same old propaganda

North Korea’s newest attempt at Twitter, YouTube relies on same old propaganda

Social media operation by Pyongyang-based company presses on with same media style despite account suspensions

North Korea’s newest attempt at Twitter, YouTube relies on same old propaganda
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 23, 2021
Chinese ambassador to North Korea set to leave Pyongyang: State media

Chinese ambassador to North Korea set to leave Pyongyang: State media

Li Jinjun's replacement in question due to Pyongyang's strict COVID-19 border policies

Chinese ambassador to North Korea set to leave Pyongyang: State media
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 23, 2021
North Korea praises new food factories, but construction often dragged for years
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North Korea praises new food factories, but construction often dragged for years

Kim Jong Un pushed dog meat restaurant while border province built factories during year of acute food shortages

North Korea praises new food factories, but construction often dragged for years
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 21, 2021
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