February 22, 2024


James Fretwell

James Fretwell

James Fretwell was an analyst at NK News.


How Ukraine’s breakaway republics could fund North Korean nukes

Proposed bilateral cooperation would violate sanctions and shows Russian support for UN resolutions is waning fast

James FretwellJames FretwellJuly 20, 2022

Anti-North Korea balloons could spark the peninsula’s next military crisis

Pyongyang has set stage for retaliatory action by blaming balloons for spreading COVID, posing a dilemma for Seoul

James FretwellJames FretwellJuly 11, 2022

Moon’s legacy limits Yoon’s options for information warfare against North Korea

Conservatives have often ramped up anti-regime propaganda when in power but may have trouble doing so this time

James FretwellJames FretwellJuly 4, 2022

What a ‘swift and forceful’ US response to a North Korean nuke test could be

Washington could consider everything from boosting missile defenses to information campaigns

James FretwellJames FretwellJune 8, 2022

Kim-Moon letters mean division in South Korea, not reconciliation with the North

Kim Jong Un’s warm words do not match his aggressive actions, but will add an air of confusion about his true intentions

James FretwellJames FretwellApril 22, 2022
What If?

What if the US recognized North Korea as a nuclear power?

The move would open a door for better US-DPRK relations but set a damning precedent for global nonproliferation

James FretwellJames FretwellMarch 29, 2022

A future that never was: Madeleine Albright’s glimmer of hope with North Korea

Albright, who died on Wednesday at 84, met Kim Jong Il in 2000 when better bilateral relations seemed possible

James FretwellJames FretwellMarch 24, 2022

Yoon’s victory sets up big shift in Seoul’s stance on North Korean human rights

President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has a chance to help defectors but faces major challenges to reaching those in the DPRK

James FretwellJames FretwellMarch 16, 2022

What Yoon’s win means for security and foreign relations on the Korean Peninsula

US and Japan will welcome Yoon Suk-yeol’s election win, but his tough talk risks tensions with China and North Korea

James FretwellJames FretwellMarch 10, 2022

North Korea-Ukraine relations: Why the DPRK stands to support Russia’s invasion

Pyongyang will continue to side with longtime ally Moscow, as long as it continues to undermine sanctions on DPRK

James FretwellJames FretwellFebruary 25, 2022
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