The country yesterday vowed to tighten its hold on its “priceless” nuclear deterrent, confounding reports that it might be willing to resume multilateral talks on denuclearization. A front-page editorial in the ruling-party daily Rodong Sinmun said a strong nuclear deterrent was the only guarantee of a “final victory” against the forces of imperialism. “We will tighten our grip on this priceless nuclear treasure sword and carry out battles against imperialists with greater vigor,” it said. The editorial appeared days after Chinese state media said leader Kim Jong-un had informed Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) that Pyongyang would consider resuming six-party denuclearization talks. Yesterday’s Rodong Sinmun editorial was the latest in a series of commentaries published in recent days that reaffirmed the North’s commitment to pursuing its nuclear weapons program.
Baby in toilet was accident
The fall of a newborn baby into a toilet pipe was accidental and his mother will not be prosecuted, local officials said yesterday, adding that the boy is healthy. The mother, 22 and unmarried, had kept her pregnancy secret and gave birth unexpectedly when she went to the lavatory on Saturday. The newborn fell into the squat toilet and became stuck in the pipe, police in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, said. Firefighters and doctors spent nearly an hour taking a section of the 10cm diameter pipe apart before they could recover the boy. “Our investigations showed it was an accident,” a police officer who declined to be named said.
Army bullet kills journalist
A court has found that an Italian photographer killed while covering the military’s crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok in 2010 was shot by a high-velocity bullet like those issued to soldiers. A Bangkok South Criminal Court judge said yesterday that the inquest into the death of 48-year-old Fabio Polenghi also showed the fatal shot came from the direction of troops mobilized to quash the demonstration. It stopped short of outright blaming the military. Polenghi was shot as he tried to take pictures of the army’s assault on the Red Shirt encampment.
News sites need licenses
The government says a new policy will require online news Web sites to be licensed, a move that is being criticized as a form of censorship in a country where the media is already strictly controlled. The city-state’s Media Development Authority (MDA) said on Tuesday that the policy, which takes effect on Saturday, will require Web sites that report regularly on local news and have at least 50,000 visitors a month to obtain annual licenses. They also will be required to remove content found to be in breach of MDA standards within 24 hours of notification.
US drone kills four: officials
Intelligence officials say a pair of suspected US missiles fired from an unmanned aerial vehicle has killed four alleged foreign militants near the Afghan border. They say a US drone fired the missiles yesterday into a house in Miran Shah, the main town of the tribal region of North Waziristan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The tribal region is home to a variety of local and Afghan militant outfits, including al-Qaeda-linked fighters.