North, South Korea Militaries Hold Secret Talks
South Korean media and lawmakers say senior military officials from North and South Korea held a secret meeting Wednesday to discuss recent cross-border gunfire.
The meeting, reported by Yonhap news agency and opposition politician Park Jie-won, occurred at the Panmunjom truce village located along the countries' tense de facto border.
The two sides were said to have discussed an incident last Friday in which the two Koreas exchanged small arms fire after Pyongyang fired at a balloon from the South carrying anti-North propaganda.
That followed an incident last week in which North and South Korean naval patrol boats traded warning shots along their disputed Yellow Sea border. There were no casualties or damage reported in either incident.
The clashes threaten to unravel high-level talks agreed to earlier this month after North Korea unexpectedly sent a senior delegation to the South.
US to Scrutinize Waldorf Sale to China
The U.S. government is reviewing the Hilton Company's planned sale of the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City to a Chinese insurance company.
A spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said Tuesday that last week's $1.95 billion sale to Anbang Insurance Group is being scrutinized. He said particular attention will be given to a planned major renovation included in the terms of the deal.
The Waldorf Astoria has been home to U.S. envoys to the U.N. for more than 50 years.
Every September, the U.S. State Department takes over two floors of the Waldorf to serve as headquarters for the horde of U.S. diplomats that come from Washington for the U.N. General Assembly.
The sale allows Hilton to run the hotel for the next 100 years.