BBC World Service. The news with Jerry Smit.
The Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says outside military force remains an option to secure a political transition. Mr. Guaido was speaking in a BBC interview.
Today, there are some in the opposition leadership who do talk about the military option and we understand why they do. If the dictatorship won't relinquish power and keeps killing our young people and continues with their repression, then there's the option of force.
But Mr. Guaido added the aim would always be a transitional government and free elections. Mr. Guaido who insists he is the legitimate president, denied that his movement was losing momentum. He said Venezuelans were tired and afraid but still desired political change.
The South Korean President Moon Jae-in says that the United States and North Koreaare engaging in behind-the-scenes talks to set up a possible third summitbetween Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Mr. Moon rejected the idea that the second leaders' summit in Hanoi on February had been a failure. Laura Bicker has sent us this report from Seoul.
The South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the meeting in February served as a chance for both Washington and Pyongyang to better understand each other's positions and put everything they want on the negotiating table. There has been speculation that talks between the US and North Korea could resume since Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un exchanged personal letters. The US envoy to North Korea Stephen Biegun will arrive in Seoul on Thursday and some analysts believe he could use the trip as a chance to meet North Korean officials.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says his country will not retreat in the face of US accusations and insults. In his first comments since President Trump imposed sanctions on him and other senior figures on Monday, he described the sanctions as cruel, but said Iran remains strong and would achieve all its goals. On Tuesday, President Trump threatened to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked anything American. Relations between the two countries have deteriorated further since Iran shot down a US drone last Thursday.
New Zealand's parliament has voted in favor of a bill that could legalize voluntary euthanasia. It would allow that adults with less than six months to live or those with an irreversible medical condition could request a lethal dose of medication. The bill needs to pass through parliament for a third time before becoming law.
Saudi Arabia has unveiled the first detailed plans for a vast entertainment resort unprecedented in the Kingdom to be built near the capital Riyadh. Qiddiya is one of several mega projects that are the cornerstones of an ambitious plan intended to transform the economy and lifestyle in the country.