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Mitch Shin

Mitch Shin

Mitch Shin is Chief Koreas Correspondent for The Diplomat and a non-resident Research Fellow of the Institute for Security & Development Policy (ISDP), Stockholm Korea Center.

Mitch Shin was previously a journalist for Asia Times for a year and a half, working in Seoul, South Korea. Shin was also a news assistant for contributors at DW and Al Jazeera before joining the team. Shin is currently an M.A. candidate in International Affairs at King’s College London. He received a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Utah.
Follow him on Twitter: @MitchShin5
Posts by Mitch Shin
June 30, 2022

From Europe, Yoon Suk Yeol Calls for International Cooperation on North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Threats

By Mitch Shin
As China opposed Yoon’s attendance at the NATO meetings, Seoul will likely face more complicated obstacles to deter North Korea’s nuclear and missile developments. 

June 23, 2022

Kim Jong Un Convenes 3rd Enlarged Meeting of WPK’s Military Commission

By Mitch Shin
Kim Jong Un discussed major agendas of his country’s military with his officials, raising speculation that a seventh nuclear test is imminent.
June 14, 2022

Korean Peninsula Tensions Escalate Amid a Return to Old School Policies

By Mitch Shin
After a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, South Korea's foreign minister emphasized strengthening the joint extended deterrence against North Korea’s missile threats. 

June 06, 2022

North Korea Launches 8 Ballistic Missiles 

By Mitch Shin
A day after South Korea concluded joint navy drills with the United States, North Korea fired eight ballistic missiles toward the waters off its east coast.

May 25, 2022

North Korea Launches 3 Ballistic Missiles

By Mitch Shin
Hours after U.S. President Joe Biden wrapped up his trip to South Korea and Japan, North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles, including a suspected ICBM.

May 23, 2022

Yoon and Biden Hold 1st Summit Meeting in Seoul

By Mitch Shin
U.S. President Joe Biden visited South Korea from May 20 to May 22 and discussed regional issues with new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.
May 16, 2022

North Korea’s COVID-19 Crisis

By Mitch Shin
Pyongyang may resort to a nuclear test when it fails to prevent the spread of the coronavirus nationwide. 

May 12, 2022

North Korea Launches 3 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Shortly After Confirming 1st COVID Case

By Mitch Shin
Five days after test-firing a submarine-launched ballistic missile, North Korea conducted its 16th missile test this year.

May 10, 2022

At Inauguration, Yoon Suk-yeol Shows Old-School Approach to North Korea

By Mitch Shin
During his inauguration speech, South Korea’s new president floated the possibility of providing economic packages to Pyongyang in return for denuclearization.

May 09, 2022

North Korea Fires Suspected SLBM

By Mitch Shin
North Korea conducted its 15th missile test this year, believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

May 04, 2022

Has Moon Jae-in’s North Korea Peace Process Failed?

By Mitch Shin
Conservatives – including President-elect Yoon – argue that the initiative damaged the South Korea-U.S. alliance. But would South Korea really have been better off without President Moon’s peace process?
April 26, 2022

Kim Jong Un Underlines North Korea’s Nuclear Capabilities in Military Parade  

By Mitch Shin
North Korea held a military parade to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army on Monday.

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