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Mitch Shin

Mitch Shin

Mitch Shin is Chief Koreas Correspondent for The Diplomat.

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. Follow him on Twitter: @MitchShin5
Posts by Mitch Shin
June 15, 2021

Moon’s Last Chance on North Korea

By Mitch Shin
In his final months in office, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has few options for pursuing better relations with the North.

June 14, 2021

South Korean Female Sergeant’s Death Highlight Military’s Problem With Sexual Assault

By Mitch Shin
The Ministry of National Defense promised a thorough investigation into the case, but critics say it’s too little, too late.
June 02, 2021

South Korea Erupts in Outrage Over Tokyo Olympics Map

By Mitch Shin
The South Korean government and activists alike expressed deep regret toward a map marking disputed islets as Japanese territory. 

May 11, 2021

North Korea Leaves Room to Renew Dialogue with the US

By Mitch Shin
According to local news reports, after being ignored for months Washington finally got through to Pyongyang to explain U.S. policy.

May 04, 2021

Kim Yo Jong Slams Seoul After Anti-North Korea Leaflets Launched

By Mitch Shin
After an activist launched leaflets to the North last week, Pyongyang immediately responded with harsh warnings.

May 03, 2021

North Korea Warns US on Biden Administration’s New Policy

By Mitch Shin
As the White House unveiled its new policy toward the North, Pyongyang denounced the policy for reflecting the “outdated” perspective of the Cold War.
April 30, 2021

Defying Government Ban, Activist Says He Sent Leaflets to North Korea 

By Mitch Shin
If his claim is confirmed, Park Sang-hak would be the first known person to violate a new law banning people from sending leaflets to North Korea.

April 26, 2021

As Vaccine Rollout Lags, South Koreans Sour on Government’s COVID-19 Response

By Mitch Shin
The slow rate of vaccinations amid the looming threat of a new wave has many Koreans on edge.

April 20, 2021

As Approval Rating Declines, Moon Reshuffles Cabinet Ministers 

By Mitch Shin
Following setbacks at the polls, President Moon is hoping to stave off lame-duck status by shaking up his cabinet.

April 16, 2021

7 Years After Sewol Ferry Disaster, Bereaved Families Still Urge Government to Reveal the Truth

By Mitch Shin
Four years into a new presidential administration that promised transparency, families say key questions still remain shrouded in mystery.  

April 08, 2021

Seoul and Busan Mayor By-Elections Spell Trouble for President Moon

By Mitch Shin
The ruling Democratic Party failed to keep the mayor positions in the country’s two biggest cities in by-elections on Wednesday. 
April 05, 2021

South Korea Talks With China, Japan, and US in Flurry of Diplomacy

By Mitch Shin
South Korea’s foreign minister traveled to China while the country’s national security chief attended a meeting with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts in Washington.

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