April 13, 2024


James Fretwell

James Fretwell

James Fretwell is a writer based in Seoul, South Korea. He was an analyst at NK News, and he has often discussed the two Koreas in interviews on the BBC, ABC News Australia, Deutsche Welle and elsewhere.


As China’s demands to Seoul multiply, hopes for cooperation on North Korea dim

Beijing reportedly issued 4 new conditions for improving ties last month, but Yoon is placing his bets on US and Japan

James FretwellJames FretwellJune 8, 2023

Trump’s praise for Kim Jong Un draws fire from his Republican competitors

Criticism underscores divisions in party on North Korea policy as US conservatives jockey for presidential nomination

James FretwellJames FretwellJune 5, 2023

Jumping the gun: South Korea’s mixed messaging on Japan and nuke planning talks

A nuclear consulting group between US, ROK and Japan difficult pill to swallow in Seoul despite potential benefits

James FretwellJames FretwellMay 26, 2023

Overshadowed, but not overlooked: What to expect on North Korea at the G7 summit

Hiroshima set to highlight dangers of nuclear war and potentially host US-South Korea-Japan trilateral meeting

James FretwellJames FretwellMay 19, 2023

North Korean nukes and deterrence doubts loom as Yoon and Biden set to meet

Seoul seeks reassurances that Washington has its back as DPRK boasts of ability to credibly threaten US homeland

James FretwellJames FretwellApril 26, 2023

South Korea’s ruling party shines spotlight on case for going nuclear

Debate at parliament underscores how North Korea’s nuclear development has driven Seoul to consider the once-unthinkable

James FretwellJames FretwellApril 21, 2023

Leaked US documents raise questions about North Korea’s missile capabilities

Experts highlight DPRK’s technological and logistical limitations, though ambiguity could work in country’s favor

James FretwellJames FretwellApril 14, 2023

‘Save our country’: Yeonmi Park’s new book compares woke America to North Korea

The famous defector’s claims may appeal to some but risk undermining her message on North Korean human rights

James FretwellJames FretwellFebruary 16, 2023

Frozen fingers and toxic fumes: How North Koreans endure the brutal winter cold

Efforts to stay warm run up against fuel scarcity, while traditional coal briquettes can lead to poisoning deaths

James FretwellJames FretwellFebruary 8, 2023

South Korea’s on-again, off-again relationship with nuclear weapons

North Korean threats and anxiety about US extended deterrence have led ROK to flirt with developing nukes since 1970s

James FretwellJames FretwellFebruary 1, 2023
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