February 22, 2024


James Fretwell

James Fretwell

James Fretwell was an analyst at NK News.


Timeline: What Joe Biden has said about North Korea over the last 20 years

The former vice president has advocated for US-DPRK talks, but he doesn’t want a Trumpian “photo op” if elected in 2020

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 29, 2020

Hope is not lost: President Biden might actually make progress on North Korea

Many see Joe Biden only as “strategic patience.” But if elected, he may take things in an entirely different direction.

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 23, 2020

Why North Korea may be on the brink of another deadly ‘Arduous March’ famine

Sanctions, flooding, COVID-19 and other 2020 conditions look eerily similar to what caused the devastating 1990s famine

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 4, 2020

Pyongyang’s rapidly shrinking expat community: Risks and implications

The loss of embassy and aid workers in the DPRK may lead to dark era of extreme isolation and limited information

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | James FretwellAugust 25, 2020

75 years after liberation, are we slowly coming to terms with a divided Korea?

Calls for a united homeland have become gradually quieter since liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945

James FretwellJames FretwellAugust 14, 2020

How the atomic bombing of Hiroshima shaped North Korea’s fears for decades

North Korea sees the United States’ refusal to apologize as a sign that Washington might use nuclear weapons again

James FretwellJames FretwellAugust 5, 2020

Friends forever? The China-North Korea defense treaty turns 59

The pact's anniversary means only one year until the two allies' defense commitments are due to be renewed

James FretwellJames FretwellJuly 11, 2020

COVID-19 in North Korea: an overview of the current situation

Pyongyang officially claims no infections within its territory, and has taken strict steps to stave off an outbreak

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | James FretwellMarch 26, 2020

“The 3.1 People’s Uprising”: how North Korea sees the March First Movement

DPRK historians assert Kim Il Sung's anti-Japanese guerilla exploits won independence from Japanese colonial rule

James FretwellJames FretwellFebruary 29, 2020

An American in Pyongyang: Kim Il Sung’s 1972 interview with the New York Times

Salisbury and Lee's visit to North Korea provided Americans with a long-awaited glimpse into life in the Hermit Kingdom

James FretwellJames FretwellFebruary 26, 2020