** South Korea Confirms North Korea Making Missile, Nuclear Test Preparations**
South Korean officials say North Korea appears to be preparing for more nuclear and missile tests, following a nuclear test in February that triggered tightened U.N. sanctions.
Lawmakers at a South Korean National Assembly committee meeting on Monday asked Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae about nuclear activity.
Ryoo confirmed that there are signs of preparation activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, but he would not comment further on matters related to intelligence.
On Sunday, Kim Jang-soo - chief national security adviser to President Park Geun-hye, said a missile test or some other provocation could come before or after Wednesday, the date by which the North has suggested diplomats leave the capital, Pyongyang.
He said the North's real objective is to force diplomatic concessions from Washington and Seoul, but added that South Korea is maintaining its military readiness whether or not Pyongyang's threats "are merely rhetoric."
**Kerry Meets Israeli, Palestinian Leaders in Peace Talks Push**
A U.S. effort to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks continues Monday with Secretary of State John Kerry holding talks with both Israeli and Palestinian officials.
Kerry is taking part in a ceremony marking Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day before meetings with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli President Shimon Peres.
The U.S. State Department has said Kerry will press for confidence building gestures by the two sides, whose leaders have not held peace talks since short-lived negotiations in September 2010. Kerry is not expected to propose any formal U.S. peace initiatives to the parties.
His trip to the region has already included talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.