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more missile launches, after it tested a nuclear bomb at the weekend. the south says in response, it's strengthening its defence systems — and has carried out live—fire exercises. president trump tells north korea any threat will be met with a massive response — and the us is ready to use its nuclear capabilities. we'll be live in seoul for the latest. we will look at what the world's options are to stop the nuclear crisis spiralling out of control. also this lunchtime: the duke and duchess of cambridge are expecting their third child; the duchess has pulled out of an engagment this afternoon because of morning sickness. sorry to bother you, how do you feel about the news that you will be an anglican? fantastic. how is your sister—in—law doing? anglican? fantastic. how is your sister-in-law doing? i have not seen her ina sister-in-law doing? i have not seen her in a while but i think she is
doing 0k. —— that you will be an uncle again. mcdonald's is hit by its first ever strike in the uk, as some workers demand higher pay. the company says those who've walked out are a tiny fraction of its workforce. and, the queen opens the new queensferry crossing — 53 years to the day since she opened the neighbouring forth road bridge. coming up in the sport, eight months after a man attacked her with a knife in her home, petra kvitova is through to the quarterfinals of the us open. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. south korea says it has seen indications that the north is preparing more missile launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. the south has carried out live—fire exercises,
and says it is strengthening its missile defence system. the escalation follows north korea's testing of a hydrogen nuclear bomb at the weekend, which it announced can fit onto a long—range missile. the us has warned that any threat to itself or its allies will be met with a ‘massive military response'. our correspondent robin brant is in seoul. the events of the last 36 hours have been dramatic. for many people living here it is the latest instalment in a decades—old confrontation with their neighbours in the north. they have grown used to it. what they've not got used to is signs of division with the us, their great allies. after the north's nuclear explosion underground, this from the south. a series of missile launchers aboveground. from land and from the air, south korea's armed forces carried out a dummy raid early on monday. it was designed to replicate an attack on north korea's
nuclear testing site. this was how north koreans heard about the perfect success that was their nation's six nuclear missile test on sunday. it was more powerful than any before, and came with claims that kim jong—un now has the ability to order a nuclear strike on mainland america. fresh from briefing the president of the united states, america's defence secretary gave this very stark warning. any threat to the united states or territories, including guam, or our allies, will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. in the aftermath of this latest nuclear test, one of the most troubling thing is the amount is evidence of a split between south korea and the united states. its main security guarantor. but it came from, you guessed it, a tweet. president trump has attacked notjust the north, but also his counterpart in the south, an ally.
he criticised what he called south korea's appeasement. calling out your ally is not business as usual, but as things undoubtedly heat up here in seoul, south korea, something it is their president who has the right approach to cooling things down. translation: it's our country's business. i hope president trump will refrain from making comments like that. this man said, about the appeasement, i think we need two tracks, sanctions and dialogue at the same time. the views of this man are very important, china's president, north korea's the allies. —— north korea's only ally. he had a summit of world leaders upset by the nuclear test. he and russia's president putin have promised to deal appropriately with their rogue neighbour.
as the us reminds the world that nuclear weapons are an option here, the focus once again at an emergency un meeting will be on sanctions, economic pressure. the talk now, though, in south korea, is of beefing up the military options. with new evidence the north may launch another missile test soon, the signs are this is becoming more about myself and meetings. robin brant, bbc news, seoul, south korea. it's clear now that this country's president is changing tack. he was elected a few months ago. parking on a pledge to extend an olive branch to the north, trying to get negotiations going again, but that is now in tatters. now we have a potential plan of attack demonstrated this morning by that live missile drill. in the last few hours, evidence of what south korea's defence plan would look like. they have confirmed they would fully deploy the us missile defence system in parts of this country. thank you very much. well, the un security council will meet later today to discuss further sanctions against north korea. and president donald trump has asked to be briefed on all available military options, according to his defence chief. switzerland — with its long history
of neutral diplomacy — has offered to help mediate. richard galpin looks at what options are on the table. with north korea now believed to have developed a hydrogen bomb, kim jong—un could soon achieve his goal of possessing a credible nuclear arsenal capable of hitting the united states. it has left donald trump floundering. his threats of fire and fury failing to deter the north korean regime from the course on which it is set. but he is still signalling a military response is president, you attack north korea? will sue. at the same time he has been lashing out at the allies. including south korea. accusing it of being too soft on its approach to the crisis. that could make today's
meeting of the un security council even more difficult. the aim of the discussion is to get agreement on imposing more sanctions. but already, russia is warning against this, saying it could break the north korean economy. amid the fractured diplomacy, one thing all sides agree on is that china could play the key role in preventing this crisis from leading to a war. as north korea's closest ally and trading partner, it has enormous leverage. by far the best option would be for president trump to sit down with the chinese president and work out how they will control this unruly regime and country. while china has cut some of its trade with north korea, the united states and other world powers have been pressing beijing to go much further. but today the chinese foreign ministry spokesman announced its
response to north korea's nuclear test was to launch what it called stern negotiations with north korean diplomats. no surprise, then, that countries in the region like japan and south korea continue to prepare for the worst. installing increasing numbers of defence systems to protect themselves from a north korean missile strike. attempts to defuse this crisis peacefully to continue. but the need for a breakthrough is becoming ever more urgent. richard galpin. bbc news. our diplomatic correspondent james landale is here. we heard some of the options there. what is realistic or achievable, do you think? the most likely option is some sort of toughening of sanctions. some corporation by countries like south korea and japan. —— some corroboration. they
seem to be there. but the problem is that missile defence systems can fail. and sanctions, the world does not speak in one voice on that. there are differences of opinion. if the us really wanted its way it would try to restrict the amount of oil that is pouring into north korea from china. naturally, the chinese are very reluctant to go down this route, because they believe that would destabilise north korea. potentially bringing an end to the regime. it could involve refugees poring over the chinese borders. they don't want to stabilise this. we have another un meeting today. yet people are talking about accelerating the pace of sanctions. the international community has imposed sanctions against north korea since 2006 when it first did a nuclear test. it has not changed its behaviour as a result. thanks very much. kensington palace has announced that the duke and duchess of cambridge are expecting their third child. the queen and both families
are said to be delighted. as with her previous two pregnancies, the duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness — and has cancelled an engagement in london this afternoon. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. the duchess of cambridge last week with her husband and prince harry. no hint of the announcement of a third baby. kensington palace was forced to disclose the pregnancy this morning because the duchess had had the pull—out of a public engagement because of acute morning sickness. the condition she experienced for both of her previous pregnancies. she is now resting at kensington palace. according to the statement, the queen, opening the queensferry crossing near edinburgh this morning, and other members of the royal family are delighted with the royal family are delighted with the news. the baby will be the queen's six great grandchild and will be fifth in line of succession
to the throne. it is more than four yea rs now to the throne. it is more than four years now since the birth of prince george injuly 2013. this is an important week for him, he is due to start at his new school in london, something his mother certainly will not want to miss. their second child, princess charlotte, was born in may 20 15. child, princess charlotte, was born in may 2015. she is fourth on the line of succession and she will retain that position even if the new babyis retain that position even if the new baby is a boy. on a visit by —— on a visit to poland, shejoked baby is a boy. on a visit by —— on a visit to poland, she joked about having another baby which was presented with a gift intended for a baby. it did not seem significant at the time. today, the first response from within the royal family to the news she is expecting another child has come from prince harry, who is visiting manchester. fantastic, great, very happy for them. and how is your sister in law doing?” great, very happy for them. and how is your sister in law doing? i have not seen her in a while but i think she's ok. not seen her in a while but i think she's 0k. the news of a third child comesjust as she's 0k. the news of a third child comes just as william is beginning
full—time royal duties. soon the tea m full—time royal duties. soon the team of four will become five. kensington palace has not said when the new baby is due, but it must be assumed it will be in february or march of next year. downing street says the prime minister is ready to increase the pace of brexit negotiations, suggesting they should be continuous rather than for one week every month. also this week, mps begin debating the raft of legislation about withdrawing from the european union. the bill, which is seen as a key plank of the government's brexit policy, transfers eu law into uk legislation. senior cabinet figures have appealed for unity from conservative mps, while labour is demanding significant changes. our assistant political editor norman smith is at westminster. the holiday is officially over, how big a week is this for the pm? imagine you are facing a five parkgate and you take a running jump to try and leap over the gate, and if successful you find there are a whole series of other five parkgate
you've got to the over. in parliamentary terms that is what the pm is facing as she seeks to push through a whole series of brexit bills paving the way for our departure from the eu, starting this week with their withdrawal bill. in many ways it is a technical bill designed to bring into british law all the many thousands of pieces of eu legislation. the difficulty is how proponents are intent on using it to table a whole raft of critical amendments. —— is her opponents are intent. she could quite possibly be defeated on one of those. that could dent and unravel her approach to brexit. it could unravel her authority. it will eat up valuable parliamentary time, time the pm simply does not have because she has the get this legislation through before our departure in march 2019, which, realistically means, that by the summer of next year that is the mother of all five bar gates. and perhaps a sign of growing
nervousness in number ten about time slipping by, this lunchtime number ten saying, ok, they are ready now to step up the pace of negotiations with brussels, because the clock is ticking, not just over with brussels, because the clock is ticking, notjust over there, with brussels, because the clock is ticking, notjust overthere, but here at westminster, too. thanks very much. a rise in interest rates won't take place for more than a year. that's according to a majority of economists in a snapshot of expectations for key economic indicators conducted by the bbc. most are also predicting that pay rises will continue to fall behind inflation until the spring of next year — continuing the renewed squeeze on the average earner‘s living standards. our economics correspondent andy verity reports. what more at these economists been saying? there is uncertainty, when will inflation peak, when can we get back toa inflation peak, when can we get back to a normal interest rate. so we asked for their opinions and as far
asked for their opinions and as far as the peak of inflation, what they're saying is that will come soon. some thing it has already come. some say it should come in october 2017. that is next month and it will peak at 3%. we asked when pay rises would beat inflation. they have a lot in the last three or four yea rs, have a lot in the last three or four years, but in the last few months there is a renewed squeeze on living standard. then the next interest rate rise that the bank of england will have to do has been anticipated for years, instead will have to do has been anticipated for yea rs, instead of will have to do has been anticipated for years, instead of going up. we went down to the lowest ever. a quarter of a percentage point. we have been on emergency rates for nine years. some say it won't be until the back half of next year that we get an interest rise and some think it maybe 2019 or 2020. so their forecasts and they're only that, but they're saying the emergency rates will last for a bit longer. thank you.
our top story this lunchtime: with tensions rising, south korea says it's seen signs that the north is preparing more missile launches, after it tested a nuclear bomb at the weekend. and coming up — we examine the financial hardships faced by people living in coastal areas. coming up in sport on the bbc news channel: england would be on the verge of qualifying for the world cup if they beat slovakia later. scotland, and northern ireland are all also in action. the queen has officially opened the new queensferry crossing over the firth of forth. she unveilled a plaque on the bridge — 53 years to the day since she opened the neighbouring forth road bridge. the queen was accompanied by the duke of edinburgh —
making his first official appearance alongside her since retiring from solo engagements. our scotland correspondent lorna gordon is there. yes the weather is no respecter of those hoping to travel over this stretch of water. today there was at times torrential rain, but the weather was better earlier when the queen opened the new crossing, just as she did more than 50 years ago. todayit as she did more than 50 years ago. today it was turn of the queen as she arrived to open the new queensferry crossing. alongside her the duke of edinburgh. hundreds of local children who have grown up watching as the bridge has stretched across the forth were there to
welcome them to scotland's billion pound bridge. this is a bridge that celebrates the skills of hand and heart and celebrates the skills of hand and heartand mind. celebrates the skills of hand and heart and mind. many thousands of people were involved in the bridge's construction. a small group of the workers on hand as the queen cut the ribbon. then a short drive over to fife, one a little quicker than the journey made by many when the crossing briefly opened to traffic last week and so many came to see it there were long delays. this was perhaps a reminder of an earlier visit by the queen 53 years ago when in front of large crowds she opened its older neighbour, the forth road bridge. the structure she said was like the two other bridges, all feats of engineering. the crossing joins it is iconic neighbours to create not only a breath—taking
sight over the firth of forth, but to provide an important link for so many in this community and the surrounding areas. those who live near by excited to be part of this special day. it was amazing seeing the queen and everything and all the bands. 0h, the queen and everything and all the bands. oh, my gosh. amazing that she was here to open it and for us as locals to be allowed to be so close to her. that was fantastic. marking the occasion from the water a flotilla of boat and above the red arrows. now three bridges standing side by side. a unique scottish vista. a royal opening to the latest addition to the scottish landscape for those who use the bridge, the question is when will it open to traffic? we are told that will happen by thursday. thank you. thank you. a senior police officer is warning that forces in england and wales are heading towards a perfect storm,
because of staff cuts and rising crime. the president of the police superintendents' association, gavin thomas, says a policing model based on fewer officers doing more is fundamentally flawed. the home office says calls for extra funding are still under discussion. here's our home affairs correspondent danny shaw. is the thin blue line becoming too thin? yes, says the police superintendents' aassociation. it represents a thousand middle ranking officers — the men and women who make the key operational decisions. the superintendents are concerned there are fewer police officers doing more and working longer hours in a more challenging environment. the man who leads the organisation believes that's a model of policing which is fundamentally flawed. my members are saying they're doing their best. they leadhighly committed, professional
police officers. they're highly committed too. but there is only so much we can expect from our police service before this starts showing — things are starting to stretch beyond their limit now. the superintendents' association conducted a survey of its members about work pressures. 72% of those who responded said they didn't use all the annual leave they were entitled to. 50% of superintendents said they had signs of anxiety and over a quarter, 27%, were experiencing symptoms of depression linked to the demands of their work. a recent study by the police federation, which represents 120,000 officers, suggested most felt under—valued and under—paid and wouldn't recommend thejob. what we are seeing is the front line resources being dwindled back, which means those on the front line are having to do more work. this has to stop. it is non—sustainable. we need mechanisms in place to ensure that this does not continue moving forward. the home office said it is piloting a new national service to provide welfare support to officers who need it. ministers have also been having
discussions with police leaders amid calls for extra funding for forces, but no decisions have yet been taken. danny shaw, bbc news. a report by the law firm herbert smith freehills has heavily criticised the work of a british pr firm in south africa. bell pottinger spread "inaccurate and misleading" information when contracted to work for the gupta brothers, a controversial family with close links to president, jacob zuma. james henderson, the ceo of bell pottinger, resigned over the weekend, in anticipation of today's findings. our media editor amol rajan is here. explain what has been going on here. this comes back to this family called the guptas, three brothers who have acquired huge power and they're accused of corruption.
allegations they deny. but they have a reputation that needed managing, so they gave this firm a call. bell pottinger the pr firm of accused of having spread false and malicious information. they're accused of stirring up racial and sectarian divisions. there is a report from lawyers commissioned by bell pottinger, but there is a big report out tomorrow in the uk that will be scathing about them. this scandal has shown is there some bad dealing going on in south africa and a lot of money is being spent to
shore up the reputation of those with something to hide or be less than honest about. thank you. thank you. one of italy's most wanted fugitives — the alleged boss of a mafia syndicate — has been arrested in uruguay. rocco morabito was detained in a hotel in the capital, montevideo, with a woman who's thought to be his wife. morabito had been on the run since 1994, evading a 30—year prison sentence for mafia association and drug trafficking. workers at two mcdonald's restaurants have walked out, in the first strike to affect the company in britain. about a0 staff in cambridge and crayford, in south—east london, are demanding higher pay and more secure working hours. mcdonald's said the people involved represent one hundredth of 1% of its uk workforce. our correspondent ben ando reports. just before day break the first worker worked out on what is
becoming known as the mcstrike. it is the first time employees have taken such action in the uk. staff at this mcdonalds in london and another in cambridge are striking for pay and better conditions. staff from cambridge and crayford are taking place part in a rally at westminster. backers include the labour leaderjeremy corbyn who tweeted his support and the labour shadow chancellorjohn mcdonald. i am supporting the mcdonald's strikers. i think they have got genuine grievances. two years ago we launched the fast—food campaign. it was all about ending zero hours contract and making sure they got decent paid. but above all else as well making sure that the company recognised the trade union. many staff say the wages are so low they are impossible to live on. the main demands are £10 an hour and union recognition and that is because we are on minimum wage which is not enough, especially in cambridgeshire where the cost of living is high. we want trade union recognition because we feel we don't get the respect we deserve on shift.
although unions are not recognised at mcdonald's the bakers food and allied workers union said it agreed to take up their case. if they value their people as much as they say they do they would not have strike going on today. they wouldn't have these people making this very brave decision to walk out on strike. this restaurant is one of two involved in the strike and it's clear not all staff are taking part as it is serving meals as normal. mcdonald's employs 85,000 people in the uk and says it is already offering them the option of going into fixed contracts but it says that so far more than eight out of ten of its staff prefer to stay on flexible hours. the company adds the strike affects fewer than 1% of its workforce in two of its 1270 restaurants, adding that since april last year it has increased pay by 15%. britain's coast is home to 11 million people, and is a special part
of our heritage and identity, but the latest analysis has found that many people who live in coastal areas struggle financially. according to the social market foundation, the economic gap between coastal and inland communities is growing. our correspondent jayne mccubbin reports on the efforts being made to tackle the problem. this used to be one of the best and busiest seaside resorts in the whole of scotland. john tells me the story of ard rossa n. boats going to the isle of man. boats going to belfast. it was such a vibrant and lively place. but today only one ferry remains. an industry which once employed thousands has gone. the beach is beautiful but empty. a small marina now sits where the busy port once sprawled. there are super yachts worth hundreds of thousands, but unemployment rates are amongst the very worst in the uk. in the job club, plenty
feel left behind. have you given up? pretty much. do you feel that the powers that be care about the changes that go on in places like this? no. definitely not because i don't even think they know what they problems are. they cannot experience the problems because they don't see it everyday. a sense the coast has been left behind is backed by statistics out today. economic growth is slower here. over 80% of people who live in these areas are paid less. the economic gap between coastal and non—coastal communities is growing. here in the west of scotland, they are still waiting for funding. but in the north—east the wait is over. so much of whitley bay's story was the same as ardrossan. a resort which teamed with holiday—makers eager to visit the spanish city with fair rides and dancing and the famous white dome. i worked my way up to probably the prime job
in the spanish city at the time. but now andrew has a new top job back in spanish city. restoration manager. the famous dome, derelict for 17 years, is getting ready to reopen with almost £10 million of public money. i am very honoured to be able to do it. it is something which is close to my heart. i think it will bring some good times back to whitley bay. two million has come from the government's coastal communities fund, that has invested over 170 million in the last five years in areas like this. it was extended today with an extra £40 million. do you think the government is doing enough? i think they can do a lot more. if you look around the country and see how many people are living in these towns, which have almost been left to die, they are as important as the people who live in the big cities. britain's coast has an incredible story. often a white knuckle ride for the communities that
live there, but proof here success follows investment. no proof yet there is enough investment to go around. let's catch up with the weather with chris fawlkes. is it officially autumn? it is meet logical autumn. maybe the weather's turned. it is going to be an unsettled picture this week. cloudy with rain. it will turn cooler and fresher with a mixture of sunshine and showers working in later on in the week. the satellite shows the extent of today's cloud. in between those two weather fronts we have a warm sector and that cloud will break up in wales and the west of england