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A German court ruled on Tuesday that a hostel situated on the grounds of the North Korean Embassy in Berlin must close as its operation breaches sanctions aimed at stopping the flow of hard currency to Pyongyang.

The embassy, a Cold War legacy of North Korea’s diplomatic relations with communist East Germany, has continued to operate since German reunification in 1990, with one of its buildings turned into a low-cost hostel popular with backpackers.

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