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Korean peace process still has so many hurdles to overcome

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East Germany's decision to open the Berlin Wall late on Nov. 9, 1989, was triggered by an unlikely occurrence.

During a news conference that day, held amid a growing wave of refugees leaving East Germany, a senior government official gave a slightly mistaken answer to a question about new travel regulations, resulting in news reports that East German citizens were now free to go to West Berlin.

After hearing the news, huge crowds gathered at Berlin Wall checkpoints separating East and West Berlin, and as it became clear that the vastly outnumbered soldiers serving as border guards had no way to hold them back, the gates were opened.

The checkpoints were thronged with both East and West Germans. In Christopher Hilton’s book “The Wall: The People’s Story,” one East German border guard, recalling his experiences that night, is quoted as........

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