January 20, 2022

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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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Overpromised, underdelivered? Moon hopes to save his inter-Korean legacy
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Overpromised, underdelivered? Moon hopes to save his inter-Korean legacy

Moon has one year left to shift status quo with North Korea, but needs help from the U.S. to make it happen

Overpromised, underdelivered? Moon hopes to save his inter-Korean legacy
James Fretwell
James Fretwell May 19, 2021
Silence on North Korea’s reunification committee bad sign for talks with South
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Silence on North Korea’s reunification committee bad sign for talks with South

Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country largely invisible after prominent role in historic rapprochement

Silence on North Korea’s reunification committee bad sign for talks with South
James Fretwell
James Fretwell May 13, 2021
Why South Korea’s Democrats are still the best of a bad bunch for North Korea
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Why South Korea’s Democrats are still the best of a bad bunch for North Korea

North Korea may bash South Korea's ruling party from time to time, but they're still better than the alternatives

Why South Korea’s Democrats are still the best of a bad bunch for North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell May 6, 2021
The US policy review is finished, but it’s same old, same old to North Korea
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The US policy review is finished, but it’s same old, same old to North Korea

The Biden administration says it will pursue diplomacy and deterrence, but all North Korea sees is more hostile policy

The US policy review is finished, but it’s same old, same old to North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell May 2, 2021
With only a year left, Moon pitches American public on his hope for peace
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With only a year left, Moon pitches American public on his hope for peace

South Korea’s president tries to sway US citizens and entice Biden to pick up from where his predecessor dropped out

With only a year left, Moon pitches American public on his hope for peace
James Fretwell
James Fretwell April 22, 2021
North Korea wants Biden’s attention. The best way to get it: ballistic missiles.

North Korea wants Biden’s attention. The best way to get it: ballistic missiles.

Kim Jong Un fired two short-range ballistic missiles to get on the U.S.’ agenda before a key policy review is finished

North Korea wants Biden’s attention. The best way to get it: ballistic missiles.
James Fretwell
James Fretwell March 25, 2021
Kim and Moon are the biggest losers of Blinken’s Asia visit
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Kim and Moon are the biggest losers of Blinken’s Asia visit

The Biden administration is not offering Pyongyang the flexibility that both North and South Korea likely hoped for

Kim and Moon are the biggest losers of Blinken’s Asia visit
James Fretwell
James Fretwell March 19, 2021
Why Kim Yo Jong will complain about US-ROK military drills until the end of time
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Why Kim Yo Jong will complain about US-ROK military drills until the end of time

Military exercises have little impact on talks with North Korea, regardless of angry words from Kim Jong Un’s sister

Why Kim Yo Jong will complain about US-ROK military drills until the end of time
James Fretwell
James Fretwell March 17, 2021
Japan’s back in the North Korea game, but it faces nearly impossible challenges
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Japan’s back in the North Korea game, but it faces nearly impossible challenges

North Korea’s long-range nuclear threat could overshadow Japan’s other security priorities

Japan’s back in the North Korea game, but it faces nearly impossible challenges
James Fretwell
James Fretwell February 23, 2021
Seven decades of friendship and envy: North Korea’s relations with Vietnam

Seven decades of friendship and envy: North Korea’s relations with Vietnam

Vietnam achieved what the Kim regime never could: national reunification and a booming economy

Seven decades of friendship and envy: North Korea’s relations with Vietnam
James Fretwell
James Fretwell February 1, 2021