December 04, 2022


James Fretwell

James Fretwell is an Analyst at NK News. Follow him on Twitter @JamesFretwe11 or get in touch at [email protected]


South Korea faces growing pressure at home and abroad to act on climate change

South Korea is a big polluter with a large economy, but it pledged little to developing countries at recent COP27 summit

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 25, 2022

Great power rivalry limits the extent to which Yoon and Xi can work together

South Korea and China appeared at odds on North Korea and economic issues at first bilateral summit since pandemic

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 17, 2022

The Rising Sun will rise again? ROK fears of Japanese militarism linger on

Controversy over South Korea’s attendance at Japan’s fleet review reflects precarious efforts to improve relations

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 9, 2022

Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power spells trouble for South Korea

China doubled down on competition with US at party congress, jeopardizing 30 years of fruitful cooperation with Seoul

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 27, 2022

King Kakao: Tech giant fights to keep its crown after server outage scandal

Company behind South Korea’s main messenger faces regulation to ensure such incidents don’t threaten national security

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 21, 2022

Yoon moves to scrap gender ministry in appeal to anti-feminist supporters

Closing ministry would mark a step backward for South Korean women, though opposition party could block president’s plan

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 13, 2022

How Russia’s brain drain could be South Korea’s gain

Government says it wants to attract highly skilled workers, even if public mostly opposed to long-term immigration

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 6, 2022

Harris and Yoon all smiles, but future trouble may lurk for US and South Korea

The allies appear to be at odds on U.S. tax credits for South Korean EVs, gender equality, and the Taiwan issue

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 29, 2022

Yoon’s talks with Biden fall far short of promised US-ROK summit

South Korean president made little progress on thorny bilateral issues, as his foul language stole the show

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 22, 2022

South Korea has to follow US on Russia, but risks economic and security fallout

Seoul faces oil import regulations and closer Russia-North Korea ties, but opportunities to sell arms to a shaken Europe

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 15, 2022
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