October 16, 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 meets disaffected youth who found redemption through hard labor

Kim Jong Un meets disaffected youth who found redemption through hard labor

North Korean leader's appearance raises questions about his absence from other recent political events

Kim Jong Un meets disaffected youth who found redemption through hard labor
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 30, 2021
New North Korean nuclear activity ‘deeply troubling’: IAEA

New North Korean nuclear activity ‘deeply troubling’: IAEA

Nuclear watchdog suggests Yongbyon reactor may be operating for first time in three years

New North Korean nuclear activity ‘deeply troubling’: IAEA
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 30, 2021
Youth leaving home for coal mines to fight ‘cultural infiltration’: Kim Jong Un

Youth leaving home for coal mines to fight ‘cultural infiltration’: Kim Jong Un

North Korean leader sent letter to young people gathered in Pyongyang to celebrate Youth Day

Youth leaving home for coal mines to fight ‘cultural infiltration’: Kim Jong Un
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 28, 2021
North Korea upgrades new skyscraper to 80 floors, making it 2nd-tallest in DPRK

North Korea upgrades new skyscraper to 80 floors, making it 2nd-tallest in DPRK

State media claims soldiers built one story every 16 hours and carried materials up tower ‘dozens’ of times per day

North Korea upgrades new skyscraper to 80 floors, making it 2nd-tallest in DPRK
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 27, 2021
North Korea to convene major legislative meeting in late September

North Korea to convene major legislative meeting in late September

Supreme People's Assembly to discuss economic development and youth education at upcoming session, state media says

North Korea to convene major legislative meeting in late September
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 25, 2021
North Korea exports beer made with rice to China after declaring food crisis

North Korea exports beer made with rice to China after declaring food crisis

Pyongyang sold $40,000 in beer to Beijing in July in first booze exports of 2021, according to Chinese trade data

North Korea exports beer made with rice to China after declaring food crisis
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 25, 2021
North Korean rocket launch site, villages flooded as state media silent

North Korean rocket launch site, villages flooded as state media silent

Soldiers mobilized to build homes by hand in some areas affected by August floods, but others yet to see relief

North Korean rocket launch site, villages flooded as state media silent
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 20, 2021
North Korea and China carry out cross-border construction at oil pipeline
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North Korea and China carry out cross-border construction at oil pipeline

Repairs to the Dandong-Sinuiju pipeline may be underway, or a new pipeline may be taking shape

North Korea and China carry out cross-border construction at oil pipeline
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 19, 2021
Kim Jong Un takes 6th extended break from public this year amid national crises
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Kim Jong Un takes 6th extended break from public this year amid national crises

Absence also coincides with the start of US-ROK exercises, which Kim has often answered with missile tests

Kim Jong Un takes 6th extended break from public this year amid national crises
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 16, 2021
Amid food crisis, North Korea promotes elite homes with too much to eat

Amid food crisis, North Korea promotes elite homes with too much to eat

Children should never skip breakfast and stop using computers and phones late into the night, state TV says

Amid food crisis, North Korea promotes elite homes with too much to eat
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 12, 2021
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