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Britain Opens Embassy in N. Korea

July 31, 2001

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Britain opened an embassy in North Korea over the weekend, British officials said Tuesday.

The British embassy is temporarily located in the German embassy quarters in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.

British and North Korean officials are negotiating over a permanent site as well as the number of embassy staffers, said Adrian Chapman, a spokesman at the British embassy in Seoul.

Britain established diplomatic relations with North Korea in December, joining a growing list of countries that hope stronger ties with the reclusive communist nation will encourage it to open up to the outside world.

In March, James Hoare was appointed as Britain’s diplomatic representative to North Korea.

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