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hello and welcome to 100 days plus. north korea test fires a missile it claims could have reached the united states. the launch draws quick condemnation. president trump calls on china to act and end this nonsense once and for all. the european commission president unleashes on the european parliament for failing to show up, and threatens to not return. the wall of the old city in raqqa has been breached by allies there are only a few members who can control the commission. you are ridiculous. i will never again attend a meeting of this kind. the wall of the old city in raqqa has been breached by allies of the us led coalition as they advance against so—called islamic state. and to mark america's independence day we will take you to meet the presidents, 43 of them, in one small corner of virginia. welcome to 100 days plus.
i'm christian fraser in london. katty kay is off today. 30 minutes. that is how long it would take for an inter—continental ballistic missile to reach la from north korea. there is no consensus on how far pyongyang has advanced in developing such a weapon. 0r whether they have the capability to arm it with a nuclear warhead. but some experts suggests the type of missile they have just tested might already be able to reach alaska, and with further refinement could put the major cities in the united states within reach. that, says donald trump, will never happen. but how will they stop kim jung un, a man who is seemingly immune to any form of deterrent. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. this is the moment that north korea says it became a major power. the launch of a missile that it claims can reach across continents and deliver nuclear weapons as far away as the united states. the news was announced on state television with barely constrained joy.
we have become a nuclear power with intercontinental ballistic missile the presenter said, showing the handwritten order given by the country's leader, kim jong—un. he personally supervised the launch of a missile which he believes will secure him power, protect his people and dismay his opponents. if north korea ignores our military‘s warning and continues provocations, we are clearly warning kim jong—un‘s regime will face destruction. this is the missile that could carry the regime's nuclear weapons. it was launched from an airfield here in western north korea, and it was aimed at a steep angle, and rose to an altitude of about 1,700 miles it's claimed, thought to be the highest any north korean missile has got to. it then landed 37 minutes later more than 500 miles away, somewhere
the sea towards japan. the key point is that if this missile were fired at a more shallow angle it might have the power to reach potentially more than 3,400 miles, the minimum defined range for an intercontinental ballistic missile. and, if so, that could mean reaching as far as alaska on the mainland of the united states. the pressure being applied internationally is having very little effect on changing the tactics of the regime towards these developments. it's also significant as well because it has been reported that it is an intercontinental ballistic missile which means north korea are making tangible steps towards being able to target the us. experts said it was still not clear if north korea had the technology needed to protect a warhead on re—entry and guide it to its target, but if north korean missiles can now reach the us, it is a significant step forward and one that president trump said earlier this yearjust wouldn't happen.
today in a tweet he again urged china to put pressure on north korea, but so far china has shown no willingness to do that. the president of china was in russia today, both he and president putin called for a freeze on north korea's nuclear weapons programme and suspension of exercises by the us and north korea. the fear among diplomats is the dispute could destabilise an already tense region, packed full of conventional weapons. at this weekend's 620 summit, all sides will be looking for answers. some of the strongest reaction today has come from japanese prime minister. the launch, said shinzo abe, clearly shows that the threat has grown. i'm joined here in the studio by shin—ichi iida, minister for public diplomacy at the japanese embassy here in london. thank you for being with us. my pleasure. we have not yet talk about
the direction in which the missile flew. where did it land? it landed 100 miles from the japanese archipelago is, very close to japan. it is hundreds of miles from the japanese land archipelago, and that is causing massive concern amongst japanese people, and, of course, as you mentioned in your initial presentation, there was a good possibility that they have launched a pretty sophisticated missile and it isa a pretty sophisticated missile and it is a clear indication that the north korea threat is not only to the region but also to the world, andi the region but also to the world, and i think it is critically important to send a strong message to north korea and closely coordinate and strengthened the pressure through economic sanctions. of course we are hearing a lot of rhetoric from washington, that patience has run out and military action is obviously on the table,
but we don't know what that will be or what it would involve but if there was a military strike the implications forjapan would be severe. the prime minister and other high—ranking officials have expressed again and again thatjapan supports the trump administration position that all options are on the table. you do not rule out a military strike? guild ourfirst table. you do not rule out a military strike? guild our first and foremost priority is to resolve this north korea nuclear and missile issue through diplomatic efforts. the un security council has passed a very strong resolution last month and the us have announced a new additional economic sanctions against north korea. i think it is quite important to rigorously and fairly implement the economic sanction fairly implement the economic sanction measures fairly implement the economic sanction measures that have been agreed upon by various countries concerned so that we can get under
the international coordinated effo rts the international coordinated efforts to give the strongest ever pressure against north korea so that it will come to sensors and for that purpose i must reiterate that china can play a critical role, because, after all, 90% of north korean trade on value terms is with china. we we re on value terms is with china. we were talking before we came negative —— about how this comes so close to the japanese coast and you said it was very deliberate. does that make a debate in japan was very deliberate. does that make a debate injapan about a missile defence shield? there was a discussion, and also a project going on for a missile defence mechanism, in close cooperation with the united states, who are very important part of it. my point is that military actions are not the primary course of action that we should take at the moment. the most important thing at the moment is too closely coordinate not only just amongst japan
the moment is too closely coordinate not onlyjust amongstjapan and the us but in a way to include china and russia. we have had six party talks which are very effective in relation to north korea and they have agreed economic sanctions but they must be implemented fairly and rigorously and what is making it possible for the north koreans to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic rep missiles is the massive foreign currency revenue and we need to hit that and thatis revenue and we need to hit that and that is a very important point. thank you very much for being with us. thank you very much for being with us. we had there that diplomacy is the way that regional departments would want to go but. well, last week president trump's national security advisor hr mcmaster spoke about the changing threat from north korea and need to explore all options. will be seen are really two fundamental things that have changed. the threat is now much more immediate so it clear that we cannot repeat the same approach, failed
approach, of the past. the second is the recognition that previous approaches have not worked and so the definition of insanity would be to continue to do the same thing and expecting different results. in washington we are joined by kurt volker, the former us ambassador to nato who now serves as the executive director of the mccain institute. hello. hello. how part do you think washington will let pyongyang go before it is going to have to change the equation? well, i think there is still some room to go before there isa still some room to go before there is a great confidence that north korea has the real ability to fire a missile and hit the us. the test that we saw is an incentive for the us, china and others in the region to get much more serious even than we have already been about trying to get north korea to change course. as yourjapanese guest just said, get north korea to change course. as yourjapanese guestjust said, the goal is not to use military force, the goal is to find economic and
other leaders that cause north korea to change behaviour and frankly most of those in the hands of china summit will be ramped up effort and an effort to try and get north korea to stop where it is and reverse course. you would accept, as our previous guest just accepted, course. you would accept, as our previous guestjust accepted, that so previous guestjust accepted, that so far diplomacy has failed. we all know that china quite likes having north korea on its border, rather that than having south korea on its border, along with us troops. that is right, but if the militant north korea brings missile defences from the us into the area and a larger military presence on the korean peninsular none of that is anything that china wants and it is in fact in their interest to act before that does happen. it is obviously unacceptable does happen. it is obviously u na cce pta ble to does happen. it is obviously unacceptable to everybody that north korea keeps escalating the situation as it is, but we heard there that the military option has been reviewed. if there was a military option, what would it look like?
well, i think it would have to be a last resort because you have in seoul a very large population within range of artillery fire from north korea and we have north korea that possess a nuclear device that even if it cannot be not very far can still cause a lot of damage so it would have to be something very swift and subtle but it would really bea swift and subtle but it would really be a last resort because we do not wa nt to be a last resort because we do not want to risk any of those casualties orany want to risk any of those casualties or any loss of life that might occur. there is a very strong likelihood that these missiles are on mobile launchers so even with a pre—emptive strike, you would not get all the missiles. i have a lot of confidence in us capabilities and intelligence so i think if we got that point i have a lot of confidence in the ability to succeed but obviously no one wants to get to that point. very good of you to be with us. thank you forjoining us. katty kay might be taking july 11th off, but i'm very pleased to report that our resident expert and political analyst ron christie is hard at work,
and he is going to be with us throughout the program. hello. good afternoon, christian. i can see your us flag pins your lapels you are in the 11th ofjuly spirit. . write! i am in the spirit and enjoying the independence and the celebration of the of the united states. donald trump is starting to collide with the harsh reality of north korea. there are no good options in this, are there? there are not. frankly, this is the first foreign policy crisis of his administration. president trump has been looking to mexico and canada and talking about we negotiating trade deals. the united states finds itself this morning in the position that if, in fact, this missile that was launched by career is any indication of their new technological prowess you have a missile that could potentially hit alaska or even san francisco so the
geostrategic supporters —— importance of meeting with the g20 this weekend has taken on an even greater importance for this president, his first foreign policy crisis. looking back at the tweet that we referred to in the report, it came out before the inauguration. donald trump said that north korea stated it was in the final stages of developing nuclear weapons capable of reaching parts of the us, it won't happen. clearly, one he was getting his pre—presidential briefing this was foremost in his mind. there are people around the world who are worried about this president because he is impulsive and he easily rattled. you know the inside track in the white house. what sort of advice will he be getting? he will be getting the best and brightest advice. i will guarantee you this morning there will have been in the situation room, ina will have been in the situation room, in a secure facility in the basement of the west wing of the white house, you have military
intelligence officers who man these positions 24—hour the day and you have a specific north korean desk and what they did was prepare a matrix for him, giving him a sense of exactly what happened and what time it happened and the potential threat to the united states and our allies. having been in a situation with president bush, i can tell you that these are very dedicated and great individuals who are in the best spot to give president trump the most current and important strategic advice for him to make decisions. current and important strategic advice for him to make decisionsm the end it comes down to him. in the end it does come down to him and it comes down to the national security advisor and the focus of his inner circle and the question i am thinking about right now is what is the presidential take on this? does he view this, as i do, as a very significant threat and an escalation of threat from north korea or do you look at the tweety sent out this morning and he was referring to the north korean dictator saying, does this guy have anything better to do this guy have anything better to do
this time? so i hope that his mindset is in the right place as we look at this very importantjuncture with relations with north korea and the rest of the world. we will have more from you in a moment. the european parliament has 751 elected representatives and once a month the parliament moves from brussels to strasbourg, its official home in northern france. today the invited guest was the prime minister of malta, his country is one of the smallest members of the union, it has spent the last six months running the eu's rotating presidency. but the parliamentary chamber was empty. barely 30 elected officials turned out to hear the speech. a lack of respect? well, it drew this response from the european commission president, jean claude junker. there are only a few members in here to control the commission. you are ridiculous. he speaks french. he speaks french.
i will never again attend a meeting of this kind. the commission is under the control of the parliament that the parliament house to respect even the presidents of smaller countries and what the parliament is not doing. that was a rather feisty exchange with the president of the parliament. a little earlier i spoke with chris morris, a long time correspondent in brussels. more than once or twice you made this visit from brussels to strasbourg and it is costly for the parliament to move. given some of the criticism the parliament receives it could well do without criticism from one of their own. they could, but i can see his point. he has come all the way down from brussels to strasbourg which is a difficult journey. the brussels to strasbourg which is a difficultjourney. the prime minister of malta has flown up from malta and be with him and only 30 meps turnout. there are supposed to
be 751 meps. they will not always all be there but you would hope that if the president of the commission and the prime minister who has been running eu business for the last six months turn up then more than 30 should be bothered to come and listen to them talk. he was a bit undiplomatic but he sometimes is and he sometimes says what he thinks. i can understand where he is coming from. jean-claude juncker is the former prime minister of luxembourg, does he have a point that very often the smaller states have to jockey for position? he does. one of the commission ‘sjobs for position? he does. one of the commission ‘s jobs is to look after the interests of all member states, big and small. he went out of the way to say that if it was angela merkel they would queue at the back door to get in. just because it is a small country you need to show a bit more respect. it was a little bit of handbags and the president of the parliament snapped back and said you don't control us, we control years. explain the parameters, he said it wouldn't come again and through his toys out of the pram but where was the distinction on whether the power lines like? the president of the
parliament was referring to that parliament has the ability to sack commissioners. it can get rid of commissioners. it can get rid of commissioners in extremis, and it has to approve the commission so in a sense parliament is the oversight over the commission rather than vice ve rsa . over the commission rather than vice versa. said this was how dare you? a little bit. but i can see his point. it brings us back to the point we have discussed many times, why is there a second parliament anyway? maybe he would not have been so grumpy if he had onlyjust gone down the road in brussels but this costs £150 million a year to have this second parliament in strasbourg and most meps would like to get rid of it but they cannot do anything about it but they cannot do anything about it and it is up to the leaders of the member states and france are opposed to losing this so it is pork barrel politics and it would be very difficult to get rid of that second chamber but most people think it is a waste of time. the point we have
two include is that they are all there in strasberg and they didn't turn up late. this was the photo that our correspondence sent three hours later and you can see that it is full, so i do not know what that means. tory own conclusions from that. do the maltese prime minister not pulling in a very big crowd. as a candidate, donald trump vowed to crackdown on illegal immigration while building that wall along the border with mexico. in the first five months of his presidency the number of arrests by immigration officials has increased, but so far there have been fewer deportations. but one particular group that is in focus, is the undocumented minors, known in america as the dreamers. in 2012, president 0bama issued an executive order to give them greater protection. now that policy is under legal challenge. will grant has been to mexico city to meet the dreamers who have already given in to the pressure and gone home. these were some of the united states best and brightest. now they are
mexico's again. young and dedicated and bilingual. in the us they were known as dreamers. now thousands have returned to mexico, he devoted totally or under due west. —— either voluntarily or under duress. this was a video chat with many of them. many share similar stories of deer, separation, deportation and stigma. despite the proposed protection of the 0bama administration is deferred action policy, many of the dreamers at this event return to mexico when their parents were deported to avoid breaking up their families. their parents were deported to avoid breaking up theirfamilies. now their parents were deported to avoid breaking up their families. now they find themselves in a country that they barely know and with which they have few connections. but these days they are not looking backwards, but ahead, for opportunities in mexico. in mexico there are also trains and the thing is you cannot put american
dream in yourdream. the thing is you cannot put american dream in your dream. it is your dream. if you put american comedy you are already putting up the border wall that trump wants to build. despite the president trump tough rhetoric towards mexico deportations went down by 12% over his first 100 days and he recently said that dreamers should rest easy. still activists say that more needs to be done to inform immigrants in the us of their rights. they think that as long as they are undocumented people they do not have rights, and they do. we have to make them aware of that. now a little problem, or a little mistake, them aware of that. now a little problem, ora little mistake, can have very big consequences. someone who knows just how big those consequences can be is francisco. he was arrested for trespassing and he said he wasjust was arrested for trespassing and he said he was just crossing a car park. he was deported after living in kentucky for 1h years. after battling the tangled bureaucracy in mexico he finally has an id card.|j
am 46 years old but in the united states you get a job at that age without any problem but here it is very difficult. another thing is that some people in mexico say they are not racist but people with my skin colour and it is actually a truth that we have less opportunities. connecting people at francisco would deport the support groups might take time. most simply do not know that help exists. deportations may have slowed slightly but few expect the trump administration to let up, meaning more young people may soon have to build their dreams in mexico instead. this is a divisive issue. where do you stand on the type of support that the dreamers should get? i think they should get the support. it is a very difficult environment for children who did nothing wrong on their own and their pa rents nothing wrong on their own and their parents may have brought them to the united states. they have a right to bigger and we need to find a way to
get them the to stay here. let us talk to another story. it is my favourite story of the week. we showed you pictures yesterday of the newjersey governor chris christie enjoying a deserted beach, having closed them to the public on saturday over a budget dispute with the democrats. bad enough, but in a press conference a little later, the governor denied he had been enjoying the sun that day. his spokesman defending him, said strictly speaking that was true because he was sheltering under a baseball cap. ron we have to bring you in on this. i think it isjust i think it is just so i think it isjust so ironic, christian, that chris christie, and no relation, even though i was born in newjersey! he claims he is a fiscal conservative and one that is really leading jersey forward but it almost looks as though he is nero while the rest of newjersey is burning. it has been terrible and it was terrible for him to deny his constituency opportunity to enjoy the beach while he is there at a taxpayer funded governor ‘s mansion,
doing something that they couldn't so the optics of that were just awful. you can imagine that twitter has been having some fun with this. take a look. there he is in his beach chair on the george washington bridge. and so on and so forth. this is a man whose approval rating has plummeted. he was a presidential candidate and he opened the republican convention backin opened the republican convention back in 2012. it is amazing, isn't it, how quickly the arc of chris christie ‘s political career as cratered, frankly. he is a person who, not unlike donald trump, was very forceful and aggressive and very forceful and aggressive and very abrasive and he tried to present himself as something of a moderate to the american people and it never really caught on. after you look at the presidential election and the loss and the way that president trump humiliated the governor and brought him into run
his transition team but then immediately fired him shortly thereafter, it makes you wonder if he has a future in politics in the united states. at thisjuncture i just do not see it. his approval rating of 15%. he was asked about in the press conference just after that but he said he did not care about his poll ratings. john mccain used to have a joke, when you are down to that level you are down to staffers and close family. 15%! you are watching 100 days plus from bbc news. still to come: with north korea saying they have a missile that can reach the united states, we'll examine how their building new weapons. and we'll visit some very presidentialfigures in a field in virginia. happy 4th july. that's still to come on 100 days plus, from bbc news. hello. it is a fine evening out
there for many of us but it has been one of those days in the lake district, it has looked like this pretty much throughout the day. there is a weather system sitting across northern ireland, southern scotla nd across northern ireland, southern scotland and northern england so if you have been under it you know it is quite cloudy and wet and cool. this evening into tonight the rain is easing away from northern ireland but in parts of southern scotland and northern england it stays quite dampened drizzly overnight. there may be the odd shower in south—west england but elsewhere it looks dry. variable cloud and clear spells and for many a warm night to come but for many a warm night to come but for many a warm night to come but for many of us it will dip down into single figures. a bright start to the day tomorrow. in northern scotla nd the day tomorrow. in northern scotland it continues with those sunny spells and it feels pleasant in the afternoon, maybe 20 degrees. in the central belt and southern scotla nd in the central belt and southern scotland and northern ireland and for much of northern england, cloudy start to the day. it looks drier than today but still light rain and drizzle around, particularly across parts of south—east scotland and
northern england. for the rest of england and down into wales for many of us it will be a blue sky start to the day, particularly south wales and southern england. more sunshine compared to today and it will feel warm as a result. sunshine in northern scotland and for some of us in northern ireland, south—west scotland and north west england it will brighten up in the afternoon. north—east england and southee scotland stays cloudy but showers elsewhere in the north. maybe the odd one in wales and the south—west but many of us will stay dry. quite a range of temperatures and in newcastle it could reach 30 with the hottest sunshine in southern england. we are turning on the humidity in wimbledon the next few days with thursday looking interesting with a chance of downpours and possible interruptions. that is after a warm and muggy night on wednesday night. we bring the weather disturbance forwards on thursday. the warmth will not extend further north but the rain will clear away in scotland and in eastern wales and england they are most at risk of the
thundery downpours. hit and miss and not everyone will but if you do that brain could be torrential. the heat and humidity is there and it extends further north across more of scotla nd further north across more of scotland and northern ireland on thursday. by friday there is still some heat to be had by the weather system approaching the north west will sleep south—east as we go through the weekend and turn a bit cooler and fresher. welcome back to one hundred days plus, i'm christian fraser in london. our top stories. north korea test fires a missile and claims it could reach america — the country's dictator wants to put a nuclear warhead on it. in the battle for raqqa, us—backed syrian forces have breached the wall surrounding the old city — closing in on the islamic state stronghold. north korea's missile program is advancing at some pace. since february they have fired 17
missiles further improving the technology with each launch. but this latest test might be the most significant yet. if it is proven to be an intercontinental missile. the previous missiles that have been launched had ranges of 3 and half thousand kilometres at most — which puts neighbours south korea, japan, china and russia within reach. with hwasong—14, the name given to this missile, you can see alaska and some areas of the west coast now come into range. north korea says it is a icbm the us and russia are not convinced. moscow believes it is another of the intermediate range. neil ashdown is the deputy editor of janes intelligence review. there are two arguments, the nuclear
warhead and then the delivery mechanism. so the delivery mechanism first, tuc big strides that they have made. while north korea since kimjong un came to power, there have been working on a series of missiles designed to fulfil different purposes. the missile would just seen tested today is their version of a icbm. the longest range missile. from what i can tell it also has the longest rage that has been demonstrated. so different tools to fulfil different jobs has been demonstrated. so different tools to fulfil differentjobs and this is the missile designed potentially to threaten the united states. and based on some figures made public it is credible that it could potentially reach places like alaska. well we saw that the trajectory is a bit of a loop, goes up trajectory is a bit of a loop, goes up and come down quite sharply. 0rdinarily it would not be fired in
that way? so this is a test and they deliberately fired it in a lofted trajectory because given the range they're trying to get, if they fired with the traditional ballistic trajectory it would have reached japan and they obviously would have tried to fire it down. so they deliberately tested it at this angle and so quite a few sums will be doing —— will be being done in washington and other parts of the world to try to work out how far it can get. it was still go out of the atmosphere if fired on that trajectory which brings us to the warhead. how advanced we need to be to be able to come back through the atmosphere and do they have that technology? there are two processes, won the delivery and covered course of this year we've seen a series of significant steps forward in the missile. in 2016 north korea released images that led us to
believe they had designed a credible re—entry system for warhead. not to say that it is built or tested but something they have been thinking about. we have not seen so much progress on the delivery system this year but it does not mean they're not working on it. just looking at these pictures, a lot of technology is involved for a country supposedly under sanctions, and supposedly china putting pressure on, where is coming from? much of it will be developed domestically by north korea and some of the tests seem to mark a transition towards more domestic rebuild technology rather than relying on old soviet style systems that they inherited. but there will be bits of technology needed to make these missiles that north korea may struggle to make domestically because of the high tolerance required for the materials. and in some cases it is likely north korea is sourcing materials through front companies
and third countries to deliberately evade the sanctions that are in place to allow it to advance its missile programme. thank you for coming in. the us backed coalition in syria says they have breached the historic wall of the old city of raqqa. more than two thousand jihadifighters, and up to a hundred thousand civilians, are still thought to be inside the capital of so called islamic state. meanwhile iraqi forces say they are also close to taking the last few remaining streets controlled by is in mosul, as our correspondent richard galpin reports. 0n the front lines of raqqa, the capital of so—called islamic state. it's looking increasingly vulnerable. these are troops of the syrian democratic forces, or sdf, who are backed by the united states. over the past few weeks they have advanced rapidly through the outskirts towards the city centre. this kurdish commander said the islamic state militants are only
firing mortar shells and rockets, and claims their spirits are low. and now, after the arrival of reinforcement last weekend, sdf troops are reported to have taken another major step forward, breaking through the walls guarding the old city. the us military says its warplanes based in the region fired missiles to punch two holes in these medieval walls surrounding the old city. sdf troops were then able to take the fight inside the heavily fortified area, where its estimated at least 2000 islamic state fighters are now holding out. amongst those involved in this key battle is a british man who calls himself mercer gifford. they are making excellent inroads into the city, which means that the confidence amongst the sdf
fighters on the ground is incredibly high, and we're looking forward to seeing raqqa completely done, finished, which is the heartland of the so—called islamic state. and, meanwhile, across the border to the east, iraqi troops are now very close to pushing islamic state completely out of its other major stronghold, the strategic city of mosul. it has taken the soldiers here almost eight months to reach this point, with just a handful of militants fighting on in a tiny corner of the city. the caliphate proclaimed by islamist state across a large area of syria and iraq three years ago is almost at an end, but with pockets of territory elsewhere, the militants will still pose a threat. richard galpin, bbc news. italy has summoned the austrian
ambassador over reports that border controls should be imposed soon to stop migrants crossing from italy to austria. there were reports that austria. there were reports that austria had moved armoured vehicles to the alpine brenner pass. narendra modi has become the first visit to israel by an indian prime minister. he talked of the two countries working closely together to build prosperity and cooperating in the fight against terrorism. they're expected to announce partnerships in areas such as agriculture, defence and space technology. today is 4thjuly, it is independence day in the united states and we thought we would celebrate by dropping in on a few of the old presidents. in fact we have been out to meet 43 of them, in a field in southern virginia.
it's a passion of mine and i feel strongly about saving them. i guess it is myjob now to be the keeper of the statues. we have got 43 presidents here ranging from our first president, george washington, to our 43rd, george bush. we will make an 0bama the same size. they're probably 16 foot, to 18 feet. they weigh anywhere from 14 to 20,000 pounds roughly. there was a park built about 12 years ago where the statues were the main attraction. and the park failed. i was asked to crush the statues or get rid of them. and i actually hauled them
off at my own expense. we had to lay them over tyres to cushion their heads. and unfortunately we dropped them and lincoln took a good smack in the back of the head which history tells you something about that story. their moods seem to change, over the four years they've been sitting here, the weather, a little mould gets on them and everybody goes back to george, it looks like he is crying. they are strong, they fight the weather. we need to go back to the beginning before there was a president, what this country fought for, to have freedom, to say what you want, do what you want. within the laws. know why you vote, have a cause. that is my cause, i'm going to spread it. after we move, and we are considering bronzing them, which will make them last about 400 years without repair. in their state of being concrete, they probably need
touch—up and attention on a yearly basis. but there is a lot of maintenance. but they will be there. long as i live, anyway. what a great film. apparently he's trying to crowdfunding some of the repairs to those statues. 0ne trying to crowdfunding some of the repairs to those statues. one of them i think ronald reagan was hit by lightning and so they need yearly care. let me tell you, as we celebrate our independence on the 4th ofjuly here is one of the things we have in the bill of rights is freedom of speech and freedom of expression and this gentleman certainly is taking the time to speak his mind and its presence felt ina way speak his mind and its presence felt in a way to preserve the statues. so
god bless them, not necessarily my cup of tea. so where will you be watching the 4th ofjuly fireworks? i'm excited this evening, i will be ona i'm excited this evening, i will be on a rooftop overlooking the white house, overlooking the south lawn with my wife and a dear friend of mine whojust with my wife and a dear friend of mine who just became a united states citizen. so this would be the first opportunity for my wife and i to sit and be with someone who can celebrate their first 4th ofjuly as an american citizen. it is a deeply partisan time in washington right now, is this the kind of time when the village that is washington comes together? i think so, the village that is washington comes together? ithink so, driving in the village that is washington comes together? i think so, driving in to the bbc today you see so many american flags waving, so many people in a good mood, sitting together, visiting comic eating, and looking forward to these fireworks tonight to say that we stand shoulder to shoulder as americans and we revel in our country and its history and look forward to history
yet to be made. while we wish you a happy 4th ofjuly. thank you very much for coming in and sharing some of that with us. kathie kay will be back tomorrow. she is taking a well earned break but we'll be back in this seed tomorrow. join us for that and thank you for watching. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. north korea says it's successfully tested a long—range ballistic missile, capable of reaching anywhere in the world. the mayor of london warns the judge leading the grenfell tower inquiry that he must urgently improve relations with residents — as the local mp says he should stand down. sinn fein have blamed theresa may's
political arrangement with the dup for the failure of talks aimed at restoring power sharing in northern ireland. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london and frankfurt ended the day. and in the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. in a moment — cancer patients should be offered dna tests to help select the best treatments for them, according to england's chief medical officer. it was the prime minister's promise after the grenfell fire that those affected would get a "good, temporary home" within three weeks. that deadline is tomorrow. the government says it's offered housing to those who need it. but some families have told us why they feel what's being offered
isn't always acceptable. tolu adeoye reports. this is the hotel that we were accommodated nearly three weeks ago. sajad has been living in this hotel room since that grenfell fire. he, his mother and sister escaped from the third floor. in the aftermath of the fire at the prime minister promised that every affected family would be offered a good quality temporary home within three weeks. sajad's family is one of more than 100 households waiting to be rehoused. he says they will stay in the hotel until permanent accommodation is offered. why would you not accept temporary accommodation? it is difficult to accept temporary accommodation, knowing that you are already in one, temporary accommodation. people do not want to be moved around so many times. how many people are still