James Fretwell was an analyst at NK News.
Pyongyang subjects detainees to grueling interrogations, and a few tragic cases show that not everyone escapes unscathed
Evidence suggests Seoul is dangling jobs and rewards, but so far it’s getting more small fries than big fish
Past defectors fled punishment similar to recent border-crosser Travis King, and their fates may reflect on his
Leaders have underlined similarities when it aligns with their interests, while seeking to avoid a Korean-style division
EC-121 incident led US to consider nuke strikes, showing how Kim Yo Jong’s recent warnings could spiral into conflict
Speakers at unification ministry event call for pressuring DPRK and China, but raising awareness likely won’t be enough
North Korea likely to condemn Kim Yung-ho’s appointment, as Yoon remakes what he has disparaged as DPRK ‘aid ministry’
The regime uses family as collateral and encourages snitching to prevent escapes, which could pick up ahead of reopening
Food shortages have likely worsened during COVID, and the longer this goes on, the more desperate the situation becomes
Beijing reportedly issued 4 new conditions for improving ties last month, but Yoon is placing his bets on US and Japan
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