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this is bbc news. the headlines: following north korea's biggest nuclear test yet, the united states calls for tough action against north korea at the un security council. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. war is never something the united states wants. south korea has strengthened its military defences after signs the north is preparing more missile launches. kensington palace announce the duke and duchess of cambridge are expecting their third child. the royal family are said to be ‘delighted'. heading for ‘a perfect storm' — a senior police official warns of the impact of staff cuts and raising crime on forces in england and wales. the northern ireland secretary james brokenshire holds separate meetings with the five stormont parties in an attempt to bring back the power—sharing executive. a red arrow salute as the the queen officially opens the new queensferry crossing. the queen was accompanied
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by prince philip — 53 years to the day after she opened the neighbouring forth road bridge. we are going straight to the united nations security council meeting to hear from the russian representative. translation: we cannot but regret the fact that the dprk leadership through its action to undermine the global nonproliferation regime is posing a grave threat to peace and stability on the korean peninsula and ata stability on the korean peninsula and at a global level. the shoot of
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such a policy is fraught with serious repercussions for the dprk itself will stop at the same time, itself will stop at the same time, it is evident to us that military solutions cannot settle the issues plaguing the north korean peninsula. given the unfolding situation there is an urgent need to maintain a cool head and refrain from any action which can further escalate tensions. we reaffirmed the need for a comprehensive and full compliance by all stakeholders with the relevant security council statements and resolutions including the recent resolutions including the recent resolution 2371 adopted by consensus. many today delved into the history of attempts to hold the dprk nuclear and ballistic programme. these excursions into
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history only serves as evidence of the fact that we failed to resolve this issue through security with council resolutions which were only geared towards leveraging sanctions mechanisms. we call upon all stakeholders to immediately return to dialogue and negotiations, that is the sole way to con civilly settled the issue is this setting the korean peninsula —— that is the sole way to comprehensively settle. we will in gauge in efforts along these lines including the context of implementation of the chinese road map. the russian federation calls for the international community to not yield to emotions, to act in a calm and balanced way. once again,
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we stress that a comprehensive settle m e nt we stress that a comprehensive settlement of the nuclear and other issues plaguing the korean peninsula can be arrived at through diplomatic channels, including by leveraging the mediation efforts of the united nations secretary—general. thank you. i thank the representative of the russian federation for his statement. that was the russian ambassador to the security council. this is what we heard earlier from the united states ambassador to the un. the american ambassador to the united nations has told the security council that it must take the strongest possible measures against north korea, following its nuclear weapons test. nikki bayley said years of incremental sanctions had failed. enough is enough. we have taken an incremental approach and despite the best of intentions it has not worked.
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members of this council will no doubt urge negotiations and a return to talks, but as i have outlined we have engaged in numerous direct and multilateral talks with the north korean regime and time after time they have not worked. the time for half measures in the security council is over, the time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it's too late. we must now adopt the strongest possible measures. the british ambassador to the un said direct talks with north korea are only possible if pyongyang stopped the escalation. faced with this unique threat to international peace and security, the council must condemn this test and the entire north korean nuclear programme, and we continue to wish for a peaceful way forward. dialogue will always be
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oui’ way forward. dialogue will always be our end goal but returning to dialogue without a serious sign of intent from pyongyang would be a set up intent from pyongyang would be a set up to failure. north korea must change course to allow a return to dialogue. were they to do so the opportunity exists to end this crisis. until that moment we must stay the course on sanctions and continue as the secretary—general has called for, to present a united front. we can talk to our diplomatic expert. the united front is not looking very united. no, it isn't, because the sanctions process has gone as far as it can go, and the crucial player in the sanctions game is china because this is a very isolated country, north korea, and china is the country upon it which depends almost everything. secondly,
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you have a situation where you would expect at this time the united states and their key regional allies to be at one, south korea and japan, but instead the us president has condemned the diplomatic approach of the south korean leadership, describing it the other day as appeasement and responding to this by saying the south korean approach is all wrong, and willing to terror the bilateral trade deal between the us and south korea —— and willing to tearup. us and south korea —— and willing to tear up. north korea would like to drive a wedge between the us and their allies and mr trump is helping them to do that and that is causing concern amongst diplomats more generally. you need a unity of purpose and message, clear signals and clear messages from the united states at this time, and clearly the problem is that is not often we are getting from the trump
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administration. the united states ambassador to south korea 7 administration. the united states ambassador to south korea? there isn't a us ambassador to south korea. that says a lot. well, there are diplomats and people fulfilling that role, but the fact they haven't appointed an ambassador to south korea and they haven't filled many of the key high—level posts in the state department that deal with this region either, it gives one cause for concern, whether the us diplomatic machinery is really up to scratch at the moment. one comes back to the question, what signal does that send to allies like south korea question what signals does this send to japan for example? people say this has been going on for years, and many people are bored and they say, what is really new? two things i knew, the north koreans are making much more rapid progress towards the ability to have a weapon
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with which they can threaten the continent of the united states —— are new. and you have this unpredictable and on untested administration in the united states and what the north koreans are doing, i hesitate to call this russian roulette, but they are playing a kind of north korean ruler, they are discharging the revolver by carrying out these tests and the great fear is that at one moment they will do something which will be either misinterpreted and it will be either misinterpreted and it will go too far and that could precipitate the whole region into conflict and catastrophe. in the meantime there's a danger that the is that simply north korea is running rings around the united nations security council and the united states. to an extent it is, it has accelerated their progress and seems to be coming up with results insofar as people can assess its recent tests. there is much more information to be sorted out about the recent nuclear tests but it is
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certainly making progress. the key question is china, which has always been the key player because of their economic influence over north korea. often people say china's influence has been overstated and that is two to the extent that north korea is not simply a chinese puppet willing to do what beijing would like, but this game of north korean roulette is causing consternation in china, as well. china doesn't want to see a nuclear north korea with weapons that can threaten the united states, it is fundamentally destabilising, but the problem is china is ambivalent and it doesn't want to see either the collapse of the regime and the flooding of its country with north korean refugees and maybe a united and unified career with us troops coming up close to its own balderdash —— unified gupta. asi as i say, this game of north korean roulette might concentrate minds in
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china and might make them look at the ta ctless china and might make them look at the tactless again and decide they really do need to push for a dip matic deal. —— diplomatic thrust of they have but a diplomatic plan on they have but a diplomatic plan on the table. north korea have not picked it up. when speaks to very few experts and analysts who don't believe that the only peaceful way of resolving this dispute at the end of resolving this dispute at the end of the day is some kind of internationally convened mediation leading to talks with things like suspension of large—scale us south korean exercises and a suspension of north korea's testing activities, and then leading on to deciding on the future of the north korean nuclear programme and equally bringing an end to the korean war which is one of the few conflicts in the world which has never formally
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ended, the korean crisis on the 19505 ended, the korean crisis on the 1950s is in a sense still there, unfinished business, and that is also what makes this whole crisis so dangerous. jonathan, as ever, thanks for joining dangerous. jonathan, as ever, thanks forjoining us. we can go to our correspondent in washington. the us ambassador at the un will not have been that pleased by what she heard from the russian and the chinese ambassadors. they are all out of step. you are right. if the us and its closest allies were hoping that what would emerge from this meeting was a unified show of support for un policy towards north korea and a unified show displeasure at the way the north koreans have continued to develop their nuclear and ballistic missile tests, and systems, they we re missile tests, and systems, they were disappointed, because on the one hand in eric and said very clearly that talking is not the
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answer, there needs be stronger measures “— answer, there needs be stronger measures —— on the one hand the americans said very clearly. and maybe rolling back military cooperation with south korea, in exchange for a freeze on north korean weapons. any idea of that was insulting said nikki haley. and then we have the russians saying there needs to be mediation efforts and there needs to be cormack heads and they need to refrain from action which can escalate —— cool heads. north korea will regard this as a partial victory. the united states seems to have backed itself into a corner, nikki haley saying enough is enough on donald trump has said the time for talking is over, but then what? he doesn't have an answer. one thing that emerge from what nikki
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haley was saying, benighted states is very serious about considering taking some kind of punitive trade measures against countries which deal with north korea —— the united states. that is aimed at china which does 90% of north korea's foreign trade. it was something that president trump tweeted about yesterday, we wondered if it was bluster, but it was clear from what nikki haley said that they do consider any country that does business with north korea as effectively propping up its nuclear weapons programme. it is considering measures which will do that, but that doesn't need to be through the un, the united states can decide to ta ke un, the united states can decide to take that kind of punitive measure independently of the united nations and without un backing that is probably something we can expect to see from washington. richard, thanks macro. “— see from washington. richard, thanks macro. —— thanks forjoining us. joining me now is matthew cottee, research associate in nonproliferation and nuclear policy at the international
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affairs research institute the international institute for strategic studies. that is quite a mouthful! one thing that struck me, listening to the ambassadors, they were clearly quite shocked at the size of this explosion yesterday. they were. i'm not sure they should be, and i think this sixth test has been on the cards and sometimes was five times the size of hiroshi -- hiroshima. the rhetoric from north korea has been to sega we will prove you wrong, we are developing this capability —— has been to say, we will prove you wrong. enough is enough, says the american ambassador, but you have got to do something after you have used language like that, you have run out of road, but it could be said about their policy, as well. effectively
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north korea is calling the bluff of the us, this strong rhetoric that trump has used, after the guam attacks were in the news, trump was trying to use certain phrases, fire and fury. the fear is the need to do something, anything, will prompt the americans into some kind of military option which will be catastrophic for the whole region. the wider issue, because we have already heard from china and russia, who don't wa nt from china and russia, who don't want that. understandably so. no one really wa nts a ny want that. understandably so. no one really wants any kind of conflict, it is not in the interests of the us and north korea because that would mean regime change in north korea, and so it is how far they continue to push the us and the so—called red
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lines. we understand there might be another test of a intercontinental ballistic missile north korea and that will further add fuel to the fire. sanctions, everyone talks about these, and you're laughing says everything, but will they ever work? are they still an option? they are the option of last resort, and there will be further sanctions placed on north korea, i'm sure, we heard the threat from trump of ending trade with everyone who does business with north korea and that isa business with north korea and that is a large number of countries and that will possibly have a big impact on the united states and north korea. sanctions can have a massive effect —— than north korea. but in all likelihood, the horse has already bolted now, i think. impossible to get into the head of kimjong—un, impossible to get into the head of kim jong—un, who appears to be impossible to get into the head of kimjong—un, who appears to be in control at the moment, that is how he would see it. who would he listen
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to, china, do they hold the key, and the only key? i don't think he is listening to anyone, that is part of the problem. we talk about trying to engage north korea, but how do you do itand engage north korea, but how do you do it and what can you offer? we are set for what will be a still make for some months, potentially years. —— stalemate. for some months, potentially years. -- stalemate. it has gone beyond a stalemate, it is quite clear that a line has been crossed after what happened at the weekend. true, but i don't think it has changed significantly since the last test. they have this big weapon, a larger device, but we always knew they had a nuclear weapons in the first place. the calculus has not changed. the united states, if they weren't prepared for this eventuality, maybe they were naive, i think. we'll kim jong—un be watching television from new york? —— will. or do you think
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he doesn't care? i'm sure he is watching, but the way he's bang this at the moment seems be quite successful. —— the way he's playing this. he is internationally isolated and also domestic be isolated and he won't listen to diplomats from russia or china based in pyongyang, for example, but we have got to find a channel through which we can speak to the stakeholders in dprk and that is effectively kim jong—un. to the stakeholders in dprk and that is effectively kim jong-un. matthew, thanks forjoining us. the american ambassador nikki haley has urged the un security council to ta ke has urged the un security council to take the strong list possible measures against north korea after their latest test. kensington palace announce the duke and duchess of cambridge are expecting their third child; the royal family say they are ‘delighted'. heading for ‘a perfect storm' — a senior police officer warns of the impact of staff cuts and rising crime on forces in england and wales.
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in sport, another busy night of world cup qualifiers. england will be captinaed byjordan henderson for tonight's world cup qualifier against slovakia. scotland will be hoping for an england victory to help their chances of qualification. the scots host malta while northern ireland could seal second place in their group tonight. u efa uefa have said they are not investigating manchester city over their financial fair play rolls, despite receiving a complaint from the spanish league. —— rules. i will have an update for you in 15 minutes. the northern ireland secretaryjames brokenshire has been given an update on the resumption of power—sharing talks at stormont. earlier today i spoke to all of the main political parties here in
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northern ireland and i have continued to urge them to find a way forward to restore an executive. devolved government in northern ireland is in the best interests of everyone. key policy and budgetary decisions need to be taken by locally elected, locally accountable politicians. all party leaders have made clear that they agree that there is a need for an executive to be formed to make key decisions for the benefit of all the people of northern ireland. now is the time to give effect to this desire. through political leadership on all sides. to better understanding the issues from others perspectives and to see where the space for resolution exists. this means direct and honest
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dialogue between the parties to reach resolution without a running commentary. for this reason, reach resolution without a running commentary. forthis reason, i'm keen that the parties are given a structured space within which to engage with each other and address their differences in a free and frank way. while the uk government has responsibilities, and will support the parties to reach agreement, fundamentally it is for them to establish where the space for resolution lies and how best to achieve this. the northern ireland secretary speaking a short time ago. 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 hyper—emesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness — and has cancelled an engagement in london this afternoon. our royal correspondent
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nicholas witchell reports. the duchess of cambridge last week with her husband and prince harry. no hint then of an announcement for a third baby. kensington palace was forced to disclose the pregnancy this morning because the duchess had had to 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 news. the baby will be the queen's sixth great grandchild and will be fifth in line of succession to the throne. it's 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,
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was born in may 2015. she is fourth in the line of succession and she will retain that position even if the new baby is a boy. on a visit to poland a few weeks ago, the duchess 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? i have not seen her in a while but i think she's ok. the news of a third child comesjust as william is beginning 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. nicholas witchell, bbc news. we were able to bring you that
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report because our island correspondent wasn't ready for us when we ended that previous report onjames when we ended that previous report on james brokenshire —— when we ended that previous report onjames brokenshire —— ireland correspondent. we can now speak to chris. i'm always here if you. laughter be careful what you promise. listening to james brokenshire, he has spoken to all five parties and some are more optimistic than others, but he clearly says there is no budget and time is also running out. this is a real problem, the parties are talking to him and they are currently not talking to each other, and what we have is a situation where the secretary of state for northern ireland is trying to get the parties into a position where they will get round the table and find out if it is worth getting them round the table to start having negotiations and get the power—sharing up and running again. if you listened to what he was saying, he was keen to set deadlines, very much about getting
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into a position where the parties talk quietly to each other, getting to the stage of negotiation but also making clear they have got to happen by the autumn, otherwise there will be consequences for public services, and that is already the case. if you talk to people here about the health service and budgets, there is a real problem. we are on the stormont estate and there are various government departments that are operating but they are operating with civil servants making what positions they can, and no proper decisions can be made. this can't go on for ever, at some stage they have got to say, we set budgets at westminster and we start to make decisions at westminster, and he's as that is something they don't want and the parties don't want but this limbo cannot continue forever —— he says that is something. i'm wary of asking where the blame is, but you have the dup and sinn fein still blaming each other for this essentially. absolutely. this is a
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blame game, as it tends to be in northern ireland with these things. the dup have said that sinn fein are to blame because they feel they don't necessarily want back into the executive at this stage but they are not listening to their proposals one of which last week was for them to form a power—sharing executive and sort out their differences in a parallel process, but sinn fein said theissues parallel process, but sinn fein said the issues have not been dealt with which a very important, one of which is the legacy of the troubles, dealing with that, and also the introduction of same—sex marriage which is still illegal here because the dup have blocked it, and also the dup have blocked it, and also theissue the dup have blocked it, and also the issue of the irish language act and that has really caught the headlines. and caused the real problem between sinn fein and the dup. make it a bit more bitter. there have been harsh words which the secretary of state for northern ireland acknowledged, basically sinn fein said there has to be an irish language act which would give the irish language official status
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before they go back into government with the dup, but the dup don't seem prepared to do that at this stage, so that is what we have, a stand—off. james brokenshire is caught in the middle, having to find a way forward, trying to get the parties round the table, but at the moment it is not looking good, frankly. even though he doesn't want to talk about this idea of direct rule, and wanted to talk about direct dialogue between the parties, you get the sense if things don't happen in the next couple of months westminster will have two step in. you are always worth waiting for, chris, thanks for joining you are always worth waiting for, chris, thanks forjoining us. we will have all the headlines and the sport when we come back, but now the weather forecast. we have a sport when we come back, but now the weatherforecast. we have a bit sport when we come back, but now the weather forecast. we have a bit of cloud around the uk, but there have been some glimpses of sunshine breaking through, for the lucky few,
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but thicker cloud for scotland and northern ireland. the rain pushing south and east, but where we have seen south and east, but where we have seen sunshine, it has felt warm, even without sunshine, pretty humid and muggy, and as we continue overnight, with all this cloud over england and wales, light rain and drizzle, it will be muggy, 15—17, and a band of rain moving into northern ireland, scotland, northern england and also parts of wales the rain turning heavy overnight. the fresh airfor rain turning heavy overnight. the fresh air for scotland and northern ireland. tuesday, soggy day, a band of rain, especially heavy and long lasting over northern england and not too much in the way of rain for south—east england, and this will be cloudy for much of the day. temperatures, even with cloudy skies, reaching the 20s, but there will be an improvement in the weather from northern ireland will be an improvement in the weatherfrom northern ireland and scotland. it becomes brighter and sunnier, temperatures 16—17 here. that is the weather forecast.
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hello. this is bbc news with simon mccoy. the headlines at a.30pm: the united nations security council is holding an emergency meeting on north korea. us ambassador nikki hayley called for members to adopt the strongest measures available, saying "enough is enough". kensington palace have announced that the duke and duchess of cambridge are expecting another child. prince harry has told journalists "it's fantastic" he's to become an uncle for the third time. a senior police officer has warned staff cuts and rising crime in england and wales means forces across the county are heading for "a perfect storm". the queen, joined by her husband prince philip, has officially opened the new firth of forth bridge in scotland. the ceremony has been held 53 years on from the day when the monarch opened the neighbouring forth road bridge. some breaking news. kenya is to hold
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fresh president ale elections on 17th october. this coming from the electoral commission in kenya following the quashing of the previous election result on the grounds of fraud. we will have more on that a little later on. now, though, let's catch up with the sport. olly fost certificate at bbc sports centre for us. olly. good afternoon to you, simon. a busy night of football coming up and by the end of it we could have a slightly clearer picture about which teams are likely to make it to russia next summer. nothern ireland, scotland and england all won away from home last friday night and have home ties this evening. it's first against second in group f at wembley. england beat slovakia away by a single goal a year ago, and it was also goalless against them at last year's euros. we have got to assume that slovakia
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won't come here and open up and make it easy for us. that's apparent. they have got some good footballers. who knows the way the game is going to flow. we have to be adaptable in the way that we perform. we know how we wa nt the way that we perform. we know how we want to play. we have got an opponent that will want to stop us. we would love to score early and be three up by half—time. on some occasions that happens, but it is not often so you have got to be prepared to be patient and work your openings. scotland will want england to do them a favour and beat slovakia so they can make up some ground in group f. they play malta at hampden park, 4 points behind slovakia and that play—off spot. when you look at malta's performances over the last year, even england scoring four goals, the last three in the couple of minutes. so i think the fans and most of the press would understand how important this game is going to be and real patience, keep the ball
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and doing nothing. be patient to go and find areas where they play at high tempo. northern ireland need just a draw tonight to guarantee second place in group c, and that probably be good enough for a play—off match to get to russia. germany are the run away leaders in their group. after beating san marino 3—0 away, they'll have it much tougher at home to the czech republic. it will be a really difficult test, but one we're ready for. uefa have resisted requests from the spanish league that they open an investigation into manchester city for breaking their financial fair play rules.
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city's summer spend of £215 million was the biggest by any club in any transfer window with pep guardiola signing the likes of kyle walker and benjamin mendy. european football's governing body is already investigating paris st—germain over rules designed to stop clubs from what they describe as "financial doping" in the wake of their signings of neymar and kylian mbbape this summer. diego costa has been left out of chelsea's champions league squad. he failed to force a move to atletico madrid before the end of the transfer window. the spanish striker is not part of chelsea's 25—man squad for europe but will avoid being cup tied, making him a more attractive acquisition for european clubs in the january window. england will name their squads for their t20 and one day
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internationals against west indies later this evening. the build—up to the series has already become feisty with west indies all—rounder marlon samuels warning england's ben stokes to "stay on the boundary" when they are playing. the two players have clashed on a number of occasions in recent years with samuels suggesting in a newspaper interview today that stokes needs to stay away from him when he's batting. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. china has again urged diplomatic talks to address the crisis with north korea and warned the un security council that it will not allow chaos and war on the korean peninsula. china's un envoy was speaking at an emergency security council meeting. the situation is deteriorating co nsta ntly the situation is deteriorating constantly as we speak, falling into a vicious circle. the peninsula issue must be resolved peacefully.
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china will never allow chaos and war on the peninsula. the parties concerned must strengthen their sense of urgency, ta ke strengthen their sense of urgency, take due responsibilities, play their due roles, take practical measures, makejoint their due roles, take practical measures, make joint efforts together to ease the situation, restart the dialogue and talks and prevent further deterioration of the situation on its peninsula. japan's un ambassador koro bessho described the global implications of north korea's actions. it is clear how belligerent and dangerous north korean actions are and how it is not a problem just for north korea's neighbours, but for the entire international community. the security council must not waste any time in putting an end to such any time in putting an end to such an outrageous and unacceptable
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challenge to the security and safety of the world. viewers have been sending in their questions to bbc ask this and earlier i put some of these to our diplomatic correspondent paul adams including the most asked, what is the worst possible outcome of the tension in north korea. the worst is fairly obvious. it's a nuclear exchange of some kind. either triggered by the north korean regime deciding to make good on its threats against guam or the us mainland with a functioning intercontinental ballistic missile tipped with a properly militarised working nuclear warhead. something that at the moment we don't know, that at the moment we don't know, that they can do. most people think that they can do. most people think that they can do. most people think that they still can't, but no one is absolutely certain. or the united states could decide pre—emptively to
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ta ke states could decide pre—emptively to take out the north korean regime or the least its military capability. obviously, north korea has known about that potential for a long time. ina about that potential for a long time. in a way if it felt there was any likelihood that the united states was bluffing it might have done something rather more bold by now, but i think, you know, they know in north korea that to initiate some kind of action against the united states or indeed against japan or south korea would effectively be suicidal and that's why they haven't done it. which leads us to the second question from robert who says, "do we have any idea of how much support the kim dynasty has? it is impossible to tell. it is the most closed regime in the world. they don't do opinion polls. they don't have a free press. it is difficult to gauge. elections are always won by the ruling party
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or the ruling bloc. every now and again you hear talk of starvation or an exodus of people across the border into china and the sense that maybe the regime is in some way imploding or eating itself, but the bottom line is it has shown itself to be remarkably stable for a long time. and so, we shouldn't assume that with a little bit of nudging somehow the people of north korea would rise up and you know take over. sonia in sussex says, "why does kim jong—un not seem over. sonia in sussex says, "why does kimjong—un not seem to be worried?" well, we don't know that he is not indim tated by them. he certainly is a master of bluster and defiant rhetoric and he shows that time and time again. and in a way this is a regime that thrives on that. it thrives on paranoia. that keeps the people distracted and it is not a paranoia that is entirely engineered. the korean war which
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might seem to many of our viewers is a distant memory, does not feel that way to the north korean regime. they know in the course of that conflict the united states toyed with the idea of taking over altogether and inflicted massive damage on all north korean cities. so, that wound and the paranoia which it has generated down the decades is very real. paul adams talking to me a little earlier. the president of the police superintendents‘ association says a policing model on fewer officers doing more is flawed. the home office says calls for extra funding are still under discussion. here is danny shaw. is the thin blue line becoming too thin?
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yes, says the police superintendents‘ association. 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 lead highly 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
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and wouldn‘t recommend the job. 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. 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. mps will begin debating draft legislation on withdrawing from the european union later this week. the withdrawal bill, which is seen as a key plank
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of the government‘s brexit policy, transfers eu law into uk legislation. our assistant political editor norman smith explained more. it is all kicking off here with the government set to launch the first of its big brexit bills. it has got to get eight brexit bills through parliament by the time we leave the eu and that is a massive, massive task because all the signs are there is going to be a huge parliamentary tussle over this particularly over this first bill, the so—called eu withdrawal bill with opposition mps and some tories lining up to amend it, to put down critical motions insisting we stay in the single market or mps have a bigger say. it is possible mrs may could be defeated on one or two of the amendments, but the chancellor, philip hammond, appealed to tory mps not to vote against mrs may on the legislation. i'd say to backbenchers
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who are thinking about seeking to amend or delay the withdrawal bill, that now is not the time to disrupt this vitally important piece of enabling legislation. we are making progress in our discussions with the european union. we are mapping out a course for britain‘s future. i am confident that we will be able to achieve the kind of strategic partnership that we want with the european union as an independent country post brexit in 2019. what makes mrs may‘s position precarious is because labour signalled they are going to vote against this eu withdrawal bill u nless against this eu withdrawal bill unless david davis comes up with a whole raft of concessions by the time they start debating it which seems extremely unlikely, but the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell insisted they will not give the government a blank cheque when it comes to brexit. we respect the referendum and we‘re going to make sure that the decision that was made
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in that referendum is implemented, but we can‘t allow the government a free hand on these things. keir starmer said they can‘t have a blank cheque. he has been waiting to hear from david davis through the summer about the legislation and what we‘re finding is here is this government saying we will respect the referendum, we will take control back from brussels, but they are not taking control back from brussels and giving it to the people, they are giving it to themselves and we can‘t allow that to happen. are giving it to themselves and we can't allow that to happen. now, whether the government is actually defeated on some of these amendments, what is true, is that this legislation and the brexit bills will eat up parliamentary time and that‘s the one thing mrs may does not have because she has got to get the bills through parliament before we leave the eu which realistically means getting them through parliament by the summer of next year. that is a huge, huge task and it was interesting this lunch time downing street now saying they are ready to step up the pace of negotiations with brussels. a sign, i think, they are acutely aware that
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the clock is now ticking. norman smith. in a moment a look at how the financial markets in europe closed the day, but first the headlines on bbc news: the american ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, has urged the un‘s security council to take the strongest possible measures against north korea after its latest nuclear test. kensington palace announce the duke and duchess of cambridge are expecting their third child. a senior impact warns of the cut in police officers on rising crime in england and wales. global stocks have slid. investors seeking out safe haven assets like gold, the yen and sovereign bonds,
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unsurprising after north korea claimed to have test add hydrogen bomba claimed to have test add hydrogen bomb a week after firing a ballistic missile overjapan. bomb a week after firing a ballistic missile over japan. investors bomb a week after firing a ballistic missile overjapan. investors tend to buy the yen, the japanese currency, in times of political tension because the general expectation is that japanese investors will over time repatriate their money. london‘s ftse index of the top 100 blue chips as well as the paris cac followed asian markets. the drop wasn‘t too dramatic. markets flat. the pound, that also, slipped following weaker than expected construction data we had out today. it is down against the dollar and the euro on monday because yesterday we learnt that activity in britain‘s construction industry slowed unexpectedly to a one year low last month because new orders fell for the second time consecutive month.
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the closely watched market sips pmi study blames that lack of knew orders for the slow down with house building doing well, but that being off set by the sharpest fall in commercial development that we have seen commercial development that we have seen sincejuly of last commercial development that we have seen since july of last year. also of interest to investors today is the summit of the so—called brexit nations that begins. it brings together the brazil, russia and china and south africa. economic ties top of the agenda at the three day meeting, but north korea‘s test and a border stand—off could colour discussions at the meeting. further compounding matters on the stock marred debt. the —— stock market today. a group believes that the bank of
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england‘s monetary policy committee will be reluctant to raise interest rates during negotiations. let‘s get detailed analysis of that from our business guest, nandini ramakrishnan. she‘s global market strategist atjp morgan asset management. the belief that the bank of england isn‘t going to raise rates despite inflation being above the target. those two normally go hand—in—hand? on paper the bank of england‘s main goals is to get inflation to be around 2%, but what you have here in our current times is the brexit issue, the negotiations. what does that mean for the uk‘s economy? what parts will survive and have access to easy credit is more of a focus for the bank of england. we don‘t expect the bank of england to raise interest rates this year and it would be a tough sell for them to raise interest rates for the first pa rt raise interest rates for the first part of next year where you do have
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real wages in the uk slipping, construction data weaker. a lot of wea ker construction data weaker. a lot of weaker points that lead to us thinking that the bank of england will remain as accommodative as they can. you don't see interest rates being raised this year. you mentioned weaker construction data as did i. construction important here in the uk? it accounts for 6% of our economy. that data that we had out today showing that it‘s wea ker had out today showing that it‘s weaker than had been expected. the a nalysts weaker than had been expected. the analysts i spoke to earlier today, he strongly believed that uncertainty over brexit negotiations was the major factor in that. what do you think? i have to agree in a broad sense because the commercial aspect of this survey data that market put out was what was the wea ker market put out was what was the weaker point was and that‘s very much on a global demand where a company is thinking about investing in new offices and new spaces. it should show the household and the families that need home and the
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residential properties to be built is staying strong. it does tell us something we could have expected given the global and business or financial service, uncertainty that brexit poses, but it does, you know, give us a bit as well to see that what can we look for going forward in terms of rebounding from this data or is indeed uk growth at risk in the next few months. away from our uk brexit bubble if you like, overin our uk brexit bubble if you like, over in china, this meeting of the bricks nations taking place. what do you think those leaders will be talking about over the three days?” think this bricks summit will be very important for global investors and anyone paying attention to the big issues because the emerging markets are still a small part of the market space, but their pop lations are growing. their youth population, their importance on a global space is important. so looking at the topics there, the one belt, one road policies for china, developing infrastructure in some of these countries could be huge in terms of what their output is going
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forward and how much trade is between these nations in the bricks group as well as the bricks outside to the rest of the emerging and developed world as well. a lot could come out of the discussion which could be the long—term investment themes that we look at for emerging markets. thank you very much. a reminder of how the ftse100 closed. fairly flat as markets were across europe and asia as well following the tensions with north korea. markets on wall street closed for the labour day holiday. that was the close as of friday. that‘s it from me. there is a round—up of all the other top business stories on our website — bbc.co.uk/business see you soon. the queen has officially opened the new queensferry crossing over the firth of forth.
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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 was there. this newest of bridges across the forth had plenty of attention and visitors since it was come pleaed. today, it was the turn of the queen as she arrived to officially open the new queen‘s ferry crossing. alongside her the duke of edinburgh. hundreds of local schoolchildren who have grown up watching as the new 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 mind. many thousands of people were involved in the bridge‘s construction. a small group of those workers on hand as the queen cut a commemorative ribband. then for the royal visitors a short drive over to
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fivment one quicker than the journey made by many when the crossing opened to traffic last week when so many came to see t there were long delays. this was perhaps a reminder ofan delays. this was perhaps a reminder of an earlier visit by the queen exactly 53 years ago to the day when in front of large crowds, she officially opened its older neighbour, the forth road bridge. the new structure was, she said, just like the two other bridges alongside, all feats of engineering. the queens ferry crossing joins its historic neighbours to create not only a breathtaking 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 nearby excited to be pa rt those who live nearby excited to be part of this special day. it was just amazing seeing the queen come and everything and all the marching bands oh my gosh. it is amazing that she was here to open it today and
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for us as locals for us to be allowed to be so close to her, it was fantastic. marking this occasion from the water, a flotilla of boats, while above the red arrows, these new three bridges standing side by side, a unique and unmistakable scottish vista. let‘s catch up with the weather. it is cloudy and feeling humid. yes, a cloudy and humid start to the week with some rain around. later in the week we will see a mixture of sunshine and showers move in. let‘s look at how things are looking outside at the moment. this is one of our weather watcher pictures sent in which scrappy. temperatures up to
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23 celsius. it‘s 23 celsius to the north—west of london. a few brighter spells sneaking through the cloudment for most of us, it has been a cloudy day. this rain band continues to sink southwards across into the isle of man and into cumbria where we will see rain setting in place this evening. overnight we are looking out into the atlantic. look at this bulge of cloud. this is a wave. an extra piece of energy that runs along the front and that will enhance the rain. it turns wet overnight across northern ireland. then that band of heavy rain will push its way across into scotland and northern england and wales too. so the south of our front, murky conditions, a bit drizzly over the hills and foggy as well. temperatures 16 or 17 celsius. feeling humid. the fresher air with us across feeling humid. the fresher air with us across scotland and northern ireland. temperatures will fall to around 11 to 13 celsius. tomorrow, it will be a wet day for some of us. the heaviest rain moving across wales and northern england and for
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northern england the rain reluctant to clear away. gradually improving late in the day. not much in the way of rainfor late in the day. not much in the way of rain for south—east epg, but warm. still cloudy. the sunnier weather working into scotland and northern ireland later on, but the temperatures just easing back a little bit. a decent day on wednesday. most of us will see sunshine coming through. notice those temperatures lower. through thursday and friday, sunshine and showers really rule the roost. some of showers driven in by blustery winds and feeling cool at times in the north—west, but i want to show you this. this is hurricane irma. it is another massive hurricane. this one is heading towards the leeward islands. 160mph gusts of wind associated with it. some devastating winds. coming close to the british british virgin islands and it takes a track just to british virgin islands and it takes a trackjust to the north of the
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dominican republic and heading towards florida. it could make land fall in florida that coming weekend asa fall in florida that coming weekend as a devastating hurricane. it is a system we are keeping a close eye on. there is uncertainty that far ahead, but this weekend, one to watch for florida of the that‘s your weather. today at five — the us envoy to the un urges the security council to take the "strongest possible measures" against north korea after its latest nuclear test. following pyongyang‘s claim to have tested an advanced hydrogen bomb at the weekend — the united states said the actions of kim jong—un couldn‘t be tolerated any longer. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. war is never something the united states wants. we don‘t want it now. but our country‘s patience is not unlimited. south korea have been carrying out
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live fire exercises in response to the test and say that the north is preparing another missile launch. we‘ll have the latest from the un security council meeting.
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