January 28, 2023

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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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In new book, Mike Pompeo talks tough about ‘bloodthirsty toad’ Kim Jong Un

In new book, Mike Pompeo talks tough about ‘bloodthirsty toad’ Kim Jong Un

Former secretary of state stresses hardline approach as potential presidential candidates stake out positions on DPRK

In new book, Mike Pompeo talks tough about ‘bloodthirsty toad’ Kim Jong Un
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 27, 2023
What if South Korea gets the bomb?

What if South Korea gets the bomb?

Nuclear weapons would help Seoul deter North Korea but could invite devastating sanctions and undermine US-ROK alliance

What if South Korea gets the bomb?
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 18, 2023
What if North Korea just gave up its nukes?

What if North Korea just gave up its nukes?

The US and South Korea have no interest in invading a non-nuclear DPRK, but Kim would still clamp down on his own people

What if North Korea just gave up its nukes?
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 3, 2023
Unfinished business: Overlooked developments of North Korea’s busy missile year

Unfinished business: Overlooked developments of North Korea’s busy missile year

DPRK has yet to test an array of desired capabilities, while the succession question remains publicly unresolved

Unfinished business: Overlooked developments of North Korea’s busy missile year
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 30, 2022
China ends quarantine for arrivals, removing barrier to accessing North Korea
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China ends quarantine for arrivals, removing barrier to accessing North Korea

Decision could put pressure on DPRK to relax its own border controls, though it has yet to indicate it will do so

China ends quarantine for arrivals, removing barrier to accessing North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 27, 2022
Japan’s counterstrike plans raise need to coordinate with Seoul on North Korea
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Japan’s counterstrike plans raise need to coordinate with Seoul on North Korea

Some South Koreans fear Tokyo could carry out strikes against DPRK without consulting Seoul

Japan’s counterstrike plans raise need to coordinate with Seoul on North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 21, 2022
The Korean War armistice sets a foreboding precedent for Ukraine

The Korean War armistice sets a foreboding precedent for Ukraine

Some foresee Russia’s invasion ending with an agreement like the one that solidified the division of the peninsula

The Korean War armistice sets a foreboding precedent for Ukraine
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 19, 2022
How Seoul could drag Washington into a war with North Korea
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How Seoul could drag Washington into a war with North Korea

The US has often had to talk the South out of retaliating over the decades, a risk that has returned as tensions grow

How Seoul could drag Washington into a war with North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 12, 2022
State media silence fosters uncertainty around COVID vaccinations in North Korea
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State media silence fosters uncertainty around COVID vaccinations in North Korea

DPRK has yet to confirm reports it’s administering Chinese doses, two months after Kim first mentioned inoculation plans

State media silence fosters uncertainty around COVID vaccinations in North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 16, 2022
Not even Joe Biden is convinced China can rein in North Korea
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Not even Joe Biden is convinced China can rein in North Korea

President warns Xi of increased military presence if DPRK tests nuke, but unclear if China wants to or can pressure DPRK

Not even Joe Biden is convinced China can rein in North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 15, 2022
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