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North Korea will continue to develop its nuclear program — seeking even stronger weapons — as long as the regime remains subject to a U.S.-led effort to heap pressure on it, a former professional wrestler turned Diet member quoted a high-ranking official from the isolated country as saying during a recent visit.

Lawmaker Antonio Inoki said upon his return to Tokyo from Pyongyang on Monday night that he met with Ri Su Yong, a vice chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

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