February 27, 2024

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Fretwell

James Fretwell

James Fretwell was an analyst at NK News.

Features

How North Korea recruited overseas Koreans to kidnap Japanese citizens

Kim Kil Uk died without facing charges in Japan, and his case shows how Pyongyang used threats to get its way

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 6, 2023
Features

Aid worker recalls fight to get food to North Koreans in time of greatest need

Christy Gavitt says aid helped vulnerable and built goodwill during 90s famine, despite heavy controls on relief work

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 31, 2023
Analysis

Why Seoul’s threats to punish Russia for aiding North Korea won’t achieve much

Experts say Russian military aid would enrage South Korea but question if it would retaliate by sending arms to Ukraine

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 20, 2023
Features

What the North Korean military has learned from Hamas’ deadly attacks on Israel

Experts say DPRK will note how militants exploited vulnerabilities but stress Hamas is pursuing very different goals

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 17, 2023
Analysis

North Korean weapons not decisive but could sustain Russia in Ukraine: Experts

DPRK could send amunition, spare parts or rocket launchers but such support would not make ‘transformative difference’

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 10, 2023
Features

Inside North Korea’s plot to assassinate South Korean leader with explosives

Retired ROK Lt. Gen. Chun In-bum tells NK News about his experiences of deadly DPRK bombing in Burma 40 years ago

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 9, 2023
Features

Travis King wouldn’t be the first soldier in Korea to reject America for racism

Clarence Adams questioned why he should fight North Korea when the US discriminated against African Americans back home

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 3, 2023
Analysis

To purge, or not to purge: Why Kim Jong Un forgives some North Korean officials

Experts say leader can be lenient toward mistakes by those he trusts, but ruthless when they cross political red lines

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 28, 2023
Analysis

Why North Korea could send US soldier Travis King to Russia or China

King reportedly sought refuge in DPRK or third country, and experts say regime may view him as too much trouble to keep

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 22, 2023
Analysis

Why China isn’t too worried about Kim Jong Un’s trip to cozy up to Russia

Experts say Beijing welcomes cooperation that increases North Korean stability, but also doesn’t want to provoke US

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 22, 2023
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