February 21, 2024

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James Fretwell

James Fretwell was an analyst at NK News.

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The Korean War POWs who rejected North and South Korea to go to neutral India

The Korean War POWs who rejected North and South Korea to go to neutral India

Seventy years ago, a handful of Koreans set sail for Madras, many with futile dreams of eventually settling in the US

The Korean War POWs who rejected North and South Korea to go to neutral India
James Fretwell
James Fretwell February 9, 2024
Arch nemesis: Kim Jong Un dismantled a monument — and his grandfather’s legacy

Arch nemesis: Kim Jong Un dismantled a monument — and his grandfather’s legacy

Reunification arch celebrated Kim’s predecessor, and its destruction shows North Korean leader won’t be bound by past

Arch nemesis: Kim Jong Un dismantled a monument — and his grandfather’s legacy
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 30, 2024
How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims

How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims

Pyongyang paid as much as $1M to the Russian team that has preserved Lenin for 100 years, though it refuses to admit it

How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 19, 2024
What China’s respiratory illness outbreak among children means for North Korea

What China’s respiratory illness outbreak among children means for North Korea

While DPRK is keeping tabs on situation as it reopens, expert says country likely able to mitigate health risks

What China’s respiratory illness outbreak among children means for North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 7, 2023
How the Middle East’s non-stop demand for weapons drive ties with North Korea

How the Middle East’s non-stop demand for weapons drive ties with North Korea

Experts say DPRK likely funneled weapons through Iran and Syria and will continue exports if there’s money to be made

How the Middle East’s non-stop demand for weapons drive ties with North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 6, 2023
‘Blood must be spilled’: How Kissinger nearly triggered a war with North Korea

‘Blood must be spilled’: How Kissinger nearly triggered a war with North Korea

The former US Secretary of State wanted to retaliate when the DPRK killed Americans, despite concerns of escalation

‘Blood must be spilled’: How Kissinger nearly triggered a war with North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 1, 2023
How North Korea’s move to scrap military deal raises risk of conflict with South
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How North Korea’s move to scrap military deal raises risk of conflict with South

DPRK set to resume array of military activities near border, though experts differ on whether ROK should respond in kind

How North Korea’s move to scrap military deal raises risk of conflict with South
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 23, 2023
Biden, Xi still going round in circles on North Korea at latest summit

Biden, Xi still going round in circles on North Korea at latest summit

Experts say DPRK policy ‘remains on autopilot’ even as US and Chinese leaders make progress on other issues

Biden, Xi still going round in circles on North Korea at latest summit
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 16, 2023
Why the US won’t mind if South Korea scraps military pact with North Korea
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Why the US won’t mind if South Korea scraps military pact with North Korea

Experts say US has harbored reservations about deal since 2018 signing but may see its value in preventing escalation

Why the US won’t mind if South Korea scraps military pact with North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 14, 2023
Pyongyang pilots: When North Korean jets dueled with Israel in skies over Egypt

Pyongyang pilots: When North Korean jets dueled with Israel in skies over Egypt

DPRK opportunistically sent troops ahead of Yom Kippur War, and it may be willing to get involved in Middle East again

Pyongyang pilots: When North Korean jets dueled with Israel in skies over Egypt
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 10, 2023
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