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BEIJING (Kyodo) A ranking North Korean official issued a warning Saturday about Tokyo resorting to strong-arm tactics, saying that while Pyongyang is ready for dialogue, it is also prepared to respond to any form of pressure.

“Pressure would drive the two countries apart,” Song Il Ho, ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalization talks with Japan, told reporters at Beijing’s international airport before boarding a flight to Pyongyang after talks with Japan in the Chinese capital.

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