May 22, 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.


Kim Jong Un is brutal, nuclear-armed, and there’s little anyone can do about it

Ten more years of Kim means more missiles and more oppression, all at the expense of the North Korean people

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 17, 2021

Of course North Korea and US want to end Korean War — but only on their terms

Moon Jae-in says two Koreas, US and China agree ‘in principle’ to end the war, but excitement is likely premature

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 15, 2021

The pandemic is bad news for North Koreans, but not so much for Kim Jong Un

Prying foreign eyes leaving the country, fewer defectors and calls for sanctions relief among benefits for Kim regime

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 13, 2021

Political disputes leave US no closer to appointing DPRK human rights envoy

Biden has yet to even announce a nominee for the key role that works to improve human rights in the country

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 24, 2021

North Korea has reasons to worry as US-China tensions rise over Taiwan

Biden could support greater military developments in South Korea in efforts to thwart China’s regional ambitions

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 16, 2021

Despite the hype, North Korea and US won’t play ball on ending the Korean War

Seoul is insistent, but Pyongyang and Washington are stuck on what comes first: denuclearization or sanctions relief

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 8, 2021

North Korea-Iran relations: Overview, analysis and what to expect going forward

Pyongyang and Tehran's WMD and conventional weapons proliferation threatens Northeast Asia, the Middle East and the U.S.

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 26, 2021

Naughty or nice? How North Korea can change the game up to Christmas and beyond

Moon's term in office may end in Olympic and summit glory, but Kim could spoil it all with more and bigger missile tests

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 5, 2021

The tangled fates of the Koreas and the UN: An NK Pro deep dive

NK Pro explores the UN’s pivotal role on the peninsula as North and South mark 30 years since becoming full UN members

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 17, 2021

A hotline history: Why North Korea changes the game when it picks up the phone

The Kim regime has dictated the pace of events on the peninsula by choosing when — and when not — to answer the phone

James FretwellJames FretwellJuly 27, 2021
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