September 27, 2021


James Fretwell

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


Four years of Biden: Less summitry, more realistic plans for North Korea’s nukes

The president-elect and his advisors will likely pursue a phased arms control approach to the North Korea nuclear issue

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 7, 2020
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70 years ago in freezing North Korea, China crushed US hopes of a war victory

Americans would not be spending Christmas in the States as planned, but in Korea fighting the cold and the Communists

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 23, 2020

Kim Jong Un’s teary-eyed speech shows North Korea is in a dire situation

The North Korean leader’s speech was more than an apology — it was an admission that the worse may have yet to come

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 22, 2020

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
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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