May 29, 2024


James Fretwell

James Fretwell

James Fretwell is a writer based in Seoul, South Korea. He was an analyst at NK News, and he has often discussed the two Koreas in interviews on the BBC, ABC News Australia, Deutsche Welle and elsewhere.


Five years after Hanoi, Trump’s still keen on a nuclear deal with North Korea

Former president seems determined to rekindle friendship with Kim Jong Un, and he could make enticing offer if reelected

James FretwellJames FretwellFebruary 28, 2024

The Korean War POWs who rejected North and South Korea to go to neutral India

Seventy years ago, a handful of Koreans set sail for Madras, many with futile dreams of eventually settling in the US

James FretwellJames FretwellFebruary 9, 2024

Arch nemesis: Kim Jong Un dismantled a monument — and his grandfather’s legacy

Reunification arch celebrated Kim’s predecessor, and its destruction shows North Korean leader won’t be bound by past

James FretwellJames FretwellJanuary 30, 2024

How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims

Pyongyang paid as much as $1M to the Russian team that has preserved Lenin for 100 years, though it refuses to admit it

James FretwellJames FretwellJanuary 19, 2024

What China’s respiratory illness outbreak among children means for North Korea

While DPRK is keeping tabs on situation as it reopens, expert says country likely able to mitigate health risks

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 7, 2023

How the Middle East’s non-stop demand for weapons drive ties with North Korea

Experts say DPRK likely funneled weapons through Iran and Syria and will continue exports if there’s money to be made

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 6, 2023

‘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
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