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 tells workers to overcome hardships to build latest skyscraper street after repeated delays in recent years
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Scale of celebrations for Feb. 16 holiday unclear, but major parade featuring heavy weapons expected by April
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Supreme People’s Assembly maintains high defense spending levels while boosting pandemic budget
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