April 26 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT


SEOUL — South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday said that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) can conduct its fifth nuclear test at any time when the country determines.

Park told a meeting with chief editors of local news organizations that the DPRK finished preparations for another nuclear detonation and has been in a state of doing it whenever it determines, according to local media reports.
TOKYO — Japan’s government said Tuesday it had secured enough materials to construct around 3,000 temporary housing units to be built in the southwest, which has been rocked by multiple earthquakes and displaced 47,000 people.

Disaster Minister Taro Kono addressing a parliamentary session said Tuesday that the temporary homes would be built as soon as enough land could be secured. He also said that around 1,500 private rental properties had been secured, along with 9,000 pubic units, to help alleviate the ongoing crisis.

NEW DELHI — A massive fire destroyed the National Museum of Natural History in central Delhi in the wee hours on Tuesday, destroying many exhibits like herpetological specimens and taxidermied animals, said local media.

While nobody was killed or injured in the fire, six fire officials were rushed to hospital after they inhaled excessive smoke during the four-hour operation to control the blaze, said Press Trust of India.

MANILA — Some 120 senior transport officials and delegates from the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and dialogue partners convened here Tuesday to discuss initiatives that will further enhance transport connectivity in the region.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said the 41st Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) will take place until Thursday. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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