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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New US State Department pick spells doom for Moon’s North Korea policies
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New US State Department pick spells doom for Moon’s North Korea policies

Jung H. Pak supports using maximum pressure rather than showy summits in order to force Kim into giving up his nukes

New US State Department pick spells doom for Moon’s North Korea policies
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 28, 2021
Why Seoul’s foreign minister nominee won’t be able to score Moon more summits
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Why Seoul’s foreign minister nominee won’t be able to score Moon more summits

Chung Eui-yong helped fix 2018 and 2019's summits, but COVID-19 and a reluctant Biden will make more talks difficult

Why Seoul’s foreign minister nominee won’t be able to score Moon more summits
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 22, 2021
A newly-declassified document underscores Trump’s North Korea failures
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A newly-declassified document underscores Trump’s North Korea failures

The U.S. wanted to convince North Korea that it doesn’t need nukes, but Kim is far from persuaded

A newly-declassified document underscores Trump’s North Korea failures
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 15, 2021
Where Biden’s top foreign policy picks stand on North Korea
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Where Biden’s top foreign policy picks stand on North Korea

Antony Blinken is chosen as secretary of state, while Jake Sullivan is Biden's pick for national security adviser

Where Biden’s top foreign policy picks stand on North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 24, 2020
10 years ago, North Korea enraged the South with deadly border island attack

10 years ago, North Korea enraged the South with deadly border island attack

North Korea’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island killed two civilians, sparking tensions along the inter-Korean sea border

10 years ago, North Korea enraged the South with deadly border island attack
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 20, 2020
Four years of Biden: Less summitry, more realistic plans for North Korea’s nukes
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Four years of Biden: Less summitry, more realistic plans for North Korea’s nukes

The president-elect and his advisors will likely pursue a phased arms control approach to the North Korea nuclear issue

Four years of Biden: Less summitry, more realistic plans for North Korea’s nukes
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 7, 2020
70 years ago in freezing North Korea, China crushed US hopes of a war victory

70 years ago in freezing North Korea, China crushed US hopes of a war victory

Americans would not be spending Christmas in the States as planned, but in Korea fighting the cold and the Communists

70 years ago in freezing North Korea, China crushed US hopes of a war victory
James Fretwell
James Fretwell October 23, 2020
Kim Jong Un’s teary-eyed speech shows North Korea is in a dire situation
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Kim Jong Un’s teary-eyed speech shows North Korea is in a dire situation

The North Korean leader’s speech was more than an apology — it was an admission that the worse may have yet to come

Kim Jong Un’s teary-eyed speech shows North Korea is in a dire situation
James Fretwell
James Fretwell October 22, 2020
Timeline: What Joe Biden has said about North Korea over the last 20 years

Timeline: What Joe Biden has said about North Korea over the last 20 years

The former vice president has advocated for US-DPRK talks, but he doesn’t want a Trumpian “photo op” if elected in 2020

Timeline: What Joe Biden has said about North Korea over the last 20 years
James Fretwell
James Fretwell September 29, 2020
Hope is not lost: President Biden might actually make progress on North Korea
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Hope is not lost: President Biden might actually make progress on North Korea

Many see Joe Biden only as “strategic patience.” But if elected, he may take things in an entirely different direction.

Hope is not lost: President Biden might actually make progress on North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell September 23, 2020