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Germany Bids to Reopen North Korea Channels to Halt Slide to War

  • Links between Berlin and Pyongyang reach back to communist era
  • Merkel’s world view shaped by negotiation to resolve conflict
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The North Korean embassy in Berlin is a gray, monolithic office block notable only for the tall surrounding fence, the red-star flying from a flagpole in the courtyard -- and its prime real-estate location.

One block from the Friedrichstrasse shopping district and a two-minute stroll from the onetime Cold War border crossing known as Checkpoint Charlie, the downtown delegation is a legacy of relations established when eastern Germany was communist.