December 02, 2021

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James Fretwell

James Fretwell is an Analyst at NK News. Follow him on Twitter @JamesFretwe11 or get in touch at [email protected]

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Political disputes leave US no closer to appointing DPRK human rights envoy
NK PRO

Political disputes leave US no closer to appointing DPRK human rights envoy

Biden has yet to even announce a nominee for the key role that works to improve human rights in the country

Political disputes leave US no closer to appointing DPRK human rights envoy
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 24, 2021
North Korea has reasons to worry as US-China tensions rise over Taiwan
NK PRO

North Korea has reasons to worry as US-China tensions rise over Taiwan

Biden could support greater military developments in South Korea in efforts to thwart China’s regional ambitions

North Korea has reasons to worry as US-China tensions rise over Taiwan
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 16, 2021
Despite the hype, North Korea and US won’t play ball on ending the Korean War
NK PRO

Despite the hype, North Korea and US won’t play ball on ending the Korean War

Seoul is insistent, but Pyongyang and Washington are stuck on what comes first: denuclearization or sanctions relief

Despite the hype, North Korea and US won’t play ball on ending the Korean War
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 8, 2021
North Korea-Iran relations: Overview, analysis and what to expect going forward
NK PRO

North Korea-Iran relations: Overview, analysis and what to expect going forward

Pyongyang and Tehran's WMD and conventional weapons proliferation threatens Northeast Asia, the Middle East and the U.S.

North Korea-Iran relations: Overview, analysis and what to expect going forward
James Fretwell
James Fretwell October 26, 2021
Naughty or nice? How North Korea can change the game up to Christmas and beyond
NK PRO

Naughty or nice? How North Korea can change the game up to Christmas and beyond

Moon's term in office may end in Olympic and summit glory, but Kim could spoil it all with more and bigger missile tests

Naughty or nice? How North Korea can change the game up to Christmas and beyond
James Fretwell
James Fretwell October 5, 2021
The tangled fates of the Koreas and the UN: An NK Pro deep dive
NK PRO

The tangled fates of the Koreas and the UN: An NK Pro deep dive

NK Pro explores the UN’s pivotal role on the peninsula as North and South mark 30 years since becoming full UN members

The tangled fates of the Koreas and the UN: An NK Pro deep dive
James Fretwell
James Fretwell September 17, 2021
A hotline history: Why North Korea changes the game when it picks up the phone

A hotline history: Why North Korea changes the game when it picks up the phone

The Kim regime has dictated the pace of events on the peninsula by choosing when — and when not — to answer the phone

A hotline history: Why North Korea changes the game when it picks up the phone
James Fretwell
James Fretwell July 27, 2021
No more defectors? What the drop in numbers means for North Korea and the world
NK PRO

No more defectors? What the drop in numbers means for North Korea and the world

Circumstances in the DPRK are dire, and lack of new arrivals cuts off key information source

No more defectors? What the drop in numbers means for North Korea and the world
James Fretwell
James Fretwell July 22, 2021
Book review: Robert R. King’s ‘Patterns of Impunity’

Book review: Robert R. King’s ‘Patterns of Impunity’

The former Obama official convincingly argues why human rights should remain a top priority for Washington

Book review: Robert R. King’s ‘Patterns of Impunity’
James Fretwell
James Fretwell June 18, 2021
Three years on, little for US and North Korea to build on from Singapore deal
NK PRO

Three years on, little for US and North Korea to build on from Singapore deal

The Korean Peninsula is now far further from the ‘peace and prosperity’ promised in 2018

Three years on, little for US and North Korea to build on from Singapore deal
James Fretwell
James Fretwell June 11, 2021
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