February 27, 2024


James Fretwell

James Fretwell

James Fretwell was an analyst at NK News.


How a disputed sea border could trigger North and South Korea’s next big crisis

Recent artillery shootouts in the Yellow Sea harken back to deadly DPRK attacks on civilians and military in past

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 24, 2022

With artillery blitz, North Korea puts inter-Korean military deal in crosshairs

South Korea feels hamstrung by unilaterally adhering to deal, but scrapping it would increase the risk of conflict

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 19, 2022

Why China’s Party Congress is unlikely to deter North Korea from missile tests

Launches could disrupt benefactor’s big moment, but Beijing appears to be taking Pyongyang’s side on drills over US

James FretwellJames FretwellOctober 14, 2022

Pushing the envelope? Full Trump-Kim letters released but authenticity unclear

South Korean journal provides full text of letters for first time but tells NK News it has never seen original copies

Ethan JewellEthan Jewell | James FretwellOctober 7, 2022

God save the Kims: How North Korea’s ruling regime came to love royal families

North Korea has criticized hereditary succession but is the only communist country to have done it twice

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 23, 2022

North Korea finally wants vaccines. The question is where it will get them.

Inoculations are much needed but come too late for many who suffered through outbreak and under pandemic restrictions

James FretwellJames FretwellSeptember 12, 2022

Yoon Suk-yeol’s plan to denuclearize North Korea isn’t so ‘audacious’ after all

Offers of aid will do little to persuade Kim Jong Un without security guarantees, something Seoul says it can’t provide

James FretwellJames FretwellAugust 17, 2022

100,000 North Korean soldiers won’t fight in Ukraine. But a few dozen might.

The DPRK has deployed troops to foreign conflicts before, from the Vietnam War to the civil war in Syria

James FretwellJames FretwellAugust 12, 2022

North Korea’s proclamation of COVID ‘victory’ only portends more suffering ahead

Kim regime focused on crafting propaganda wins rather than embracing solutions like vaccines that would help it open up

James FretwellJames FretwellAugust 11, 2022

New Netflix drama paints dismal picture of road to Korean unification

In ‘Money Heist: Korea,’ economic integration and North Korean migration to South only lead to crime and exploitation

James FretwellJames FretwellJuly 21, 2022
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