North, South Korea to Hold High-Level Meeting: Seoul
South Korea says it will hold rare high-level talks with North Korea on Wednesday, as the two sides prepare for reunions between families separated by the Korean War.
Seoul's Unification Ministry said Tuesday no official agenda has been set for the meeting. But it said a range of issues, including the family reunions, would be discussed.
A deputy national security advisor is set to lead the South Korean delegation. It is not known who North Korea will send to the meeting, which will be held at the Panmunjom border village.
North and South Korea agreed last week to resume the reunions, which were last held in 2010. They are set for February 20-25, though there are concerns North Korea may pull out at the last minute, as it has done in the past.
Pyongyang already said last week it was forced to reconsider, just one day after reaching the deal. It has been pressuring Seoul and Washington to call off annual joint military drills that are scheduled to take place in late February.
US Ambassador to Meet Indian Opposition Leader Modi
The United States says its ambassador to India will meet opposition leader Narendra Modi, who could become New Delhi's next prime minister.
The planned meeting, confirmed by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, represents a change of posture toward the Hindu nationalist.
Washington imposed a visa ban on Modi following criticism of his handling of anti-Muslim riots in 2002 in Gujarat state, where he is chief minister. The violence left more than 1,000 people dead.
A U.S. embassy spokesman said Modi's meeting with Ambassador Nancy Powell is part of a "concentrated outreach to senior political and business leaders" to highlight the U.S.-India relationship.
Modi could become prime minister if his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) performs well in the upcoming parliamentary elections, as recent polls suggest.