June 04, 2023


Colin Zwirko

Colin Zwirko is a Senior Analytic Correspondent for NK News based in Seoul. Follow him on Twitter @ColinZwirko.


North Korea plans massive train factory as it struggles to produce new designs

120-acre facility in Pyongyang likely to become new manufacturing base for trains, trams and subway cars

Colin ZwirkoColin ZwirkoMay 2, 2023

North Korea reveals first electric car showroom on new skyscraper street

Kim Jong Un ordered mass production of vehicles years ago, but new EVs are likely to be rebranded Chinese imports

Colin ZwirkoColin ZwirkoApril 28, 2023

Signs of progress? Kim Jong Un approves designs at long-stalled hospital project

New signage OK’d for Pyongyang General, but facility remains unopened years after construction deadline

Colin ZwirkoColin ZwirkoApril 27, 2023

Kim Jong Un upgrades megayachts again as state media stresses ‘shortages’

Satellite imagery shows annual repairs on two of North Korean leader’s vessels after remodeling of Wonsan shipyard

Colin ZwirkoColin ZwirkoApril 26, 2023

North Korea’s display of new Chinese trucks points to production issues at home

Handover of imported vehicles comes 5 years after mass-production order and hints at strong sanctions-busting networks

Colin ZwirkoColin ZwirkoApril 25, 2023

North Korea says it tested ‘Hwasong-18’ solid-fuel ICBM for first time

‘Successful’ test should cause enemies to ‘suffer from fear and anxiety,’ Kim Jong Un says

Colin ZwirkoColin ZwirkoApril 14, 2023

North Korean long-range missile launch triggers evacuation order in Japan

Authorities warn Hokkaido residents to seek shelter, stating missile expected to fall near island, but later lift notice

Colin ZwirkoColin ZwirkoApril 13, 2023

Kim Jong Un reviews ‘attack plans’ on South Korea at top military meeting

North Korea’s Central Military Commission discusses ‘powerful actions’ against US and ROK as allies continue drills

Colin ZwirkoColin ZwirkoApril 11, 2023

North Korea says ‘virgin girl soldier’ died for Kim Jong Un at construction site

State media praises 18-year-old for following leader’s orders and rejecting rest after ‘emergency surgery'

Colin ZwirkoColin ZwirkoApril 10, 2023

North Korea reveals Haeil-2 undersea ‘nuclear attack drone’ test for first time

State media says it traveled hundreds of miles and detonated ‘trial warhead’ off east coast of peninsula

Colin ZwirkoColin ZwirkoApril 8, 2023