Korea Focus - Briefing No. 03
Germany’s Relations with the DPRK: Opportunities, Challenges and (Strategic) Limitations
Given its own history as a divided nation and given the fact that Berlin is one of the few European countries to maintain diplomatic relations with both North and South Korea, numerous observers have raised the possibility of a special role to be assumed by Berlin in the North Korea conflict. However, despite repeated rhetorical support for a peaceful solution of the nuclear crisis and vocal support for inter-Korean reconciliation, the German government has not, so far, lent any tangible political support to those objectives. Rather, Berlin is fixated on the firm implementation of sanctions and is, in fact, a driving force behind the EU’s autonomous punitive measures against Pyongyang.