September 27, 2021

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Fretwell

James Fretwell is an Analyst at NK News. Follow him on Twitter @JamesFretwe11 or get in touch at [email protected]

Analysis

North Korea wants Biden’s attention. The best way to get it: ballistic missiles.

Kim Jong Un fired two short-range ballistic missiles to get on the U.S.’ agenda before a key policy review is finished

James FretwellJames FretwellMarch 25, 2021
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Analysis

Kim and Moon are the biggest losers of Blinken’s Asia visit

The Biden administration is not offering Pyongyang the flexibility that both North and South Korea likely hoped for

James FretwellJames FretwellMarch 19, 2021
NK PRO
Analysis

Why Kim Yo Jong will complain about US-ROK military drills until the end of time

Military exercises have little impact on talks with North Korea, regardless of angry words from Kim Jong Un’s sister

James FretwellJames FretwellMarch 17, 2021
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Analysis

Japan’s back in the North Korea game, but it faces nearly impossible challenges

North Korea’s long-range nuclear threat could overshadow Japan’s other security priorities

James FretwellJames FretwellFebruary 23, 2021
Analysis

Seven decades of friendship and envy: North Korea’s relations with Vietnam

Vietnam achieved what the Kim regime never could: national reunification and a booming economy

James FretwellJames FretwellFebruary 1, 2021
NK PRO
Analysis

New US State Department pick spells doom for Moon’s North Korea policies

Jung H. Pak supports using maximum pressure rather than showy summits in order to force Kim into giving up his nukes

James FretwellJames FretwellJanuary 28, 2021
NK PRO
Analysis

Why Seoul’s foreign minister nominee won’t be able to score Moon more summits

Chung Eui-yong helped fix 2018 and 2019's summits, but COVID-19 and a reluctant Biden will make more talks difficult

James FretwellJames FretwellJanuary 22, 2021
NK PRO
Analysis

A newly-declassified document underscores Trump’s North Korea failures

The U.S. wanted to convince North Korea that it doesn’t need nukes, but Kim is far from persuaded

James FretwellJames FretwellJanuary 15, 2021
NK PRO
Analysis

Where Biden’s top foreign policy picks stand on North Korea

Antony Blinken is chosen as secretary of state, while Jake Sullivan is Biden's pick for national security adviser

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 24, 2020
Evergreen

10 years ago, North Korea enraged the South with deadly border island attack

North Korea’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island killed two civilians, sparking tensions along the inter-Korean sea border

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 20, 2020