May 16, 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 completes erasure of Kim Jong Un’s ‘supreme commander’ symbol

North Korea completes erasure of Kim Jong Un’s ‘supreme commander’ symbol

Removal of special red flag from guard post, calendars normalizes Kim’s military leadership under state flag

North Korea completes erasure of Kim Jong Un’s ‘supreme commander’ symbol
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 17, 2022
Kim Jong Un leads frigid outdoor meeting to honor late father’s birthday

Kim Jong Un leads frigid outdoor meeting to honor late father’s birthday

North Korea kicks off major events for Kim Jong Il’s 80th birthday with meeting in the northern city of Samjiyon

Kim Jong Un leads frigid outdoor meeting to honor late father’s birthday
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 16, 2022
Kim Jong Un’s mansion hosted ‘floating amusement park’ ahead of major holiday
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Kim Jong Un’s mansion hosted ‘floating amusement park’ ahead of major holiday

Boat activity coincides with North Korean leader’s time out of public view, as state media bemoans ‘hardships’

Kim Jong Un’s mansion hosted ‘floating amusement park’ ahead of major holiday
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 15, 2022
North Korea kicks off elaborate new 10,000-home construction project in capital

North Korea kicks off elaborate new 10,000-home construction project in capital

Kim Jong Un tells workers to overcome hardships to build latest skyscraper street after repeated delays in recent years

North Korea kicks off elaborate new 10,000-home construction project in capital
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 13, 2022
North Korea begins demolishing military base to build greenhouse farm
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North Korea begins demolishing military base to build greenhouse farm

Farm project comes amid nationwide food shortages and is latest military installation to be repurposed in recent years

North Korea begins demolishing military base to build greenhouse farm
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 11, 2022
North Korean TV begins airing Beijing Olympics as athletes stay home

North Korean TV begins airing Beijing Olympics as athletes stay home

First broadcast of Winter Games comes days after the opening ceremony, a quick turnaround by DPRK standards

North Korean TV begins airing Beijing Olympics as athletes stay home
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 9, 2022
North Korea accelerates military parade training ahead of key holidays: Imagery

North Korea accelerates military parade training ahead of key holidays: Imagery

Scale of celebrations for Feb. 16 holiday unclear, but major parade featuring heavy weapons expected by April

North Korea accelerates military parade training ahead of key holidays: Imagery
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Chad O'Carroll | Colin Zwirko February 9, 2022
Kim Jong Un decries construction delays, mass labor system in letter to workers

Kim Jong Un decries construction delays, mass labor system in letter to workers

Criticism comes as major construction projects remain unfinished after missing deadlines in recent years

Kim Jong Un decries construction delays, mass labor system in letter to workers
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 9, 2022
Kim Jong Un’s private beach used to launch missiles last month: Analysis
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Kim Jong Un’s private beach used to launch missiles last month: Analysis

Revelation raises new questions over whether North Korean leader concealed presence at late-January missile tests

Kim Jong Un’s private beach used to launch missiles last month: Analysis
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 8, 2022
Cryptic figures and stagnant projects: North Korea announces 2022 budget plans

Cryptic figures and stagnant projects: North Korea announces 2022 budget plans

Supreme People’s Assembly maintains high defense spending levels while boosting pandemic budget

Cryptic figures and stagnant projects: North Korea announces 2022 budget plans
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 8, 2022
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