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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North Korea discourages computer game addiction, pushes tech in new short film

North Korea discourages computer game addiction, pushes tech in new short film

After two-year hiatus, state-run TV channel airs new live-action dramas packed with socialist life lessons

North Korea discourages computer game addiction, pushes tech in new short film
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 23, 2021
North Korea is hyping citizens up for submarine missile and satellite launches

North Korea is hyping citizens up for submarine missile and satellite launches

New domestic propaganda boldly boasts SLBM and aerospace program developments to DPRK citizens

North Korea is hyping citizens up for submarine missile and satellite launches
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 21, 2021
North Korea doesn’t want its people to know about COVID-19 vaccine rollout

North Korea doesn’t want its people to know about COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Despite heavy coverage of COVID-19’s tragic impact overseas, DPRK state media remains silent on global vaccine rollout

North Korea doesn’t want its people to know about COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Colin Zwirko April 19, 2021
North Korea turns airport into COVID-19 disinfection center to boost trade
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North Korea turns airport into COVID-19 disinfection center to boost trade

Satellite imagery shows construction at airfield near the Chinese border — possibly to tackle extreme drop in imports

North Korea turns airport into COVID-19 disinfection center to boost trade
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 16, 2021
Kim Jong Un resumes traditional holiday visit to grandfather’s embalmed body

Kim Jong Un resumes traditional holiday visit to grandfather’s embalmed body

The North Korean leader’s wife Ri Sol Ju and sister Kim Yo Jong joined an unusually small group at the Kumsusan palace

Kim Jong Un resumes traditional holiday visit to grandfather’s embalmed body
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 15, 2021
Kim Jong Un’s symbol erased from Pyongyang Station area, replaced by party logo

Kim Jong Un’s symbol erased from Pyongyang Station area, replaced by party logo

Experts say it’s part of a greater move to place more responsibility on the North Korean leader’s subordinates

Kim Jong Un’s symbol erased from Pyongyang Station area, replaced by party logo
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 14, 2021
Kim Jong Un’s record of April missile tests raises prospect of launches, reveals

Kim Jong Un’s record of April missile tests raises prospect of launches, reveals

North Korea could use April 15 holiday to reveal new ballistic-missile submarine or test weapons

Kim Jong Un’s record of April missile tests raises prospect of launches, reveals
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 13, 2021
Kim Jong Un upgrades his private beachside manor and tends to leisure boats
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Kim Jong Un upgrades his private beachside manor and tends to leisure boats

The upgraded mansion complex is roughly 25 miles away from a key military submarine development base

Kim Jong Un upgrades his private beachside manor and tends to leisure boats
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 13, 2021
Kim Jong Un warns North Korea of hardship, referencing deadly 1990s famine

Kim Jong Un warns North Korea of hardship, referencing deadly 1990s famine

Kim wants to wage a “more difficult Arduous March” — a term used to describe a historic famine and survival measures

Kim Jong Un warns North Korea of hardship, referencing deadly 1990s famine
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 8, 2021
North Korea warns of political collapse if elites can’t find ideological ‘unity’

North Korea warns of political collapse if elites can’t find ideological ‘unity’

Officials at a Pyongyang conference stressed the importance of being “ardent loyalists” to leader Kim Jong Un

North Korea warns of political collapse if elites can’t find ideological ‘unity’
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko April 8, 2021
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