• Kyodo


Wrestler-turned-lawmaker Antonio Inoki paid a courtesy call Sunday on North Korea’s No. 2 leader, Kim Yong Nam, according to North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency.

It was not immediately clear what exchanges took place between the former professional wrestler, who was elected to the House of Councilors on July 21, and the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea.

Inoki has visited North Korea more than 20 times and his latest trip was to attend a series of events Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice in 1953.

In announcing his candidacy for the Upper House election, Inoki stressed his readiness to play an active role in resolving the issue of North Korea’s past abductions of Japanese, given his long experience with and connections in North Korea. Japan and North Korea have no diplomatic ties.

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