December 03, 2023


James Fretwell

James Fretwell

James Fretwell is an Analyst at NK News.


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

No more defectors? What the drop in numbers means for North Korea and the world

Circumstances in the DPRK are dire, and lack of new arrivals cuts off key information source

James FretwellJames FretwellJuly 22, 2021

Book review: Robert R. King’s ‘Patterns of Impunity’

The former Obama official convincingly argues why human rights should remain a top priority for Washington

James FretwellJames FretwellJune 18, 2021

Three years on, little for US and North Korea to build on from Singapore deal

The Korean Peninsula is now far further from the ‘peace and prosperity’ promised in 2018

James FretwellJames FretwellJune 11, 2021

Overpromised, underdelivered? Moon hopes to save his inter-Korean legacy

Moon has one year left to shift status quo with North Korea, but needs help from the U.S. to make it happen

James FretwellJames FretwellMay 19, 2021

Silence on North Korea’s reunification committee bad sign for talks with South

Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country largely invisible after prominent role in historic rapprochement

James FretwellJames FretwellMay 13, 2021

Why South Korea’s Democrats are still the best of a bad bunch for North Korea

North Korea may bash South Korea's ruling party from time to time, but they're still better than the alternatives

James FretwellJames FretwellMay 6, 2021
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