December 03, 2023


James Fretwell

James Fretwell

James Fretwell is an Analyst at NK News.


‘Blood must be spilled’: How Kissinger nearly triggered a war with North Korea

The former US Secretary of State wanted to retaliate when the DPRK killed Americans, despite concerns of escalation

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 1, 2023

How North Korea’s move to scrap military deal raises risk of conflict with South

DPRK set to resume array of military activities near border, though experts differ on whether ROK should respond in kind

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 23, 2023

Biden, Xi still going round in circles on North Korea at latest summit

Experts say DPRK policy ‘remains on autopilot’ even as US and Chinese leaders make progress on other issues

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 16, 2023

Why the US won’t mind if South Korea scraps military pact with North Korea

Experts say US has harbored reservations about deal since 2018 signing but may see its value in preventing escalation

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 14, 2023

Pyongyang pilots: When North Korean jets dueled with Israel in skies over Egypt

DPRK opportunistically sent troops ahead of Yom Kippur War, and it may be willing to get involved in Middle East again

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 10, 2023

How North Korea recruited overseas Koreans to kidnap Japanese citizens

Kim Kil Uk died without facing charges in Japan, and his case shows how Pyongyang used threats to get its way

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 6, 2023

Aid worker recalls fight to get food to North Koreans in time of greatest need

Christy Gavitt says aid helped vulnerable and built goodwill during 90s famine, despite heavy controls on relief work

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 31, 2023

Why Seoul’s threats to punish Russia for aiding North Korea won’t achieve much

Experts say Russian military aid would enrage South Korea but question if it would retaliate by sending arms to Ukraine

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 20, 2023

What the North Korean military has learned from Hamas’ deadly attacks on Israel

Experts say DPRK will note how militants exploited vulnerabilities but stress Hamas is pursuing very different goals

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 17, 2023

North Korean weapons not decisive but could sustain Russia in Ukraine: Experts

DPRK could send amunition, spare parts or rocket launchers but such support would not make ‘transformative difference’

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 10, 2023
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