December 03, 2023


James Fretwell

James Fretwell

James Fretwell is an Analyst at NK News.


Disgraced ex-president uses North Korea issues to rebrand as champion of freedom

Park Geun-hye’s team picked several letters from defectors praising the former South Korean leader for bestselling book

James FretwellJames FretwellJanuary 10, 2022

Back with a bang: North Korea’s missile test is a sign of things to come in 2022

Short-range missile launches present new challenges to existing defense systems, but Kim knows he can get away scot-free

James FretwellJames FretwellJanuary 5, 2022

Trouble a-brewin’: Overlooked North Korea developments set to boil over in 2022

Missile launches stole spotlight, but nuclear reactor restart, food problems and other issues don’t bode well for future

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 31, 2021

With no ambassador yet, US signals South Korea at bottom of Biden’s to-do list

US won’t have ambassador for months, frustrating Moon Jae-in as he strives for breakthrough with North Korea

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 22, 2021

Kim Jong Un is brutal, nuclear-armed, and there’s little anyone can do about it

Ten more years of Kim means more missiles and more oppression, all at the expense of the North Korean people

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 17, 2021

Of course North Korea and US want to end Korean War — but only on their terms

Moon Jae-in says two Koreas, US and China agree ‘in principle’ to end the war, but excitement is likely premature

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 15, 2021

The pandemic is bad news for North Koreans, but not so much for Kim Jong Un

Prying foreign eyes leaving the country, fewer defectors and calls for sanctions relief among benefits for Kim regime

James FretwellJames FretwellDecember 13, 2021

Political disputes leave US no closer to appointing DPRK human rights envoy

Biden has yet to even announce a nominee for the key role that works to improve human rights in the country

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 24, 2021

North Korea has reasons to worry as US-China tensions rise over Taiwan

Biden could support greater military developments in South Korea in efforts to thwart China’s regional ambitions

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 16, 2021

Despite the hype, North Korea and US won’t play ball on ending the Korean War

Seoul is insistent, but Pyongyang and Washington are stuck on what comes first: denuclearization or sanctions relief

James FretwellJames FretwellNovember 8, 2021