January 26, 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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Why North Korea may be on the brink of another deadly ‘Arduous March’ famine

Why North Korea may be on the brink of another deadly ‘Arduous March’ famine

Sanctions, flooding, COVID-19 and other 2020 conditions look eerily similar to what caused the devastating 1990s famine

Why North Korea may be on the brink of another deadly ‘Arduous March’ famine
James Fretwell
James Fretwell September 4, 2020
Pyongyang’s rapidly shrinking expat community: Risks and implications
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Pyongyang’s rapidly shrinking expat community: Risks and implications

The loss of embassy and aid workers in the DPRK may lead to dark era of extreme isolation and limited information

Pyongyang’s rapidly shrinking expat community: Risks and implications
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | James Fretwell August 25, 2020
75 years after liberation, are we slowly coming to terms with a divided Korea?

75 years after liberation, are we slowly coming to terms with a divided Korea?

Calls for a united homeland have become gradually quieter since liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945

75 years after liberation, are we slowly coming to terms with a divided Korea?
James Fretwell
James Fretwell August 14, 2020
How the atomic bombing of Hiroshima shaped North Korea’s fears for decades

How the atomic bombing of Hiroshima shaped North Korea’s fears for decades

North Korea sees the United States’ refusal to apologize as a sign that Washington might use nuclear weapons again

How the atomic bombing of Hiroshima shaped North Korea’s fears for decades
James Fretwell
James Fretwell August 5, 2020
Friends forever? The China-North Korea defense treaty turns 59

Friends forever? The China-North Korea defense treaty turns 59

The pact's anniversary means only one year until the two allies' defense commitments are due to be renewed

Friends forever? The China-North Korea defense treaty turns 59
James Fretwell
James Fretwell July 11, 2020
COVID-19 in North Korea: an overview of the current situation
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COVID-19 in North Korea: an overview of the current situation

Pyongyang officially claims no infections within its territory, and has taken strict steps to stave off an outbreak

COVID-19 in North Korea: an overview of the current situation
“The 3.1 People’s Uprising”: how North Korea sees the March First Movement

“The 3.1 People’s Uprising”: how North Korea sees the March First Movement

DPRK historians assert Kim Il Sung's anti-Japanese guerilla exploits won independence from Japanese colonial rule

“The 3.1 People’s Uprising”: how North Korea sees the March First Movement
James Fretwell
James Fretwell February 29, 2020
An American in Pyongyang: Kim Il Sung’s 1972 interview with the New York Times

An American in Pyongyang: Kim Il Sung’s 1972 interview with the New York Times

Salisbury and Lee's visit to North Korea provided Americans with a long-awaited glimpse into life in the Hermit Kingdom

An American in Pyongyang: Kim Il Sung’s 1972 interview with the New York Times
James Fretwell
James Fretwell February 26, 2020
The Flower of Unification: how a girl from the South became an icon in the North

The Flower of Unification: how a girl from the South became an icon in the North

Lim Su-kyung's 1989 Pyongyang visit shows how close, and yet how far apart, the two Koreas were and remain to this day

The Flower of Unification: how a girl from the South became an icon in the North
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 29, 2020