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June 24, 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.


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

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
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