this is bbc news. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: the war of words hots up, with north korea's foreign minister launching a blistering attack on president trump at the united nations. translation: he tried to insult the supreme divinity of my country by referring it to a rocket. by doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake. it comes as iran test—fires a new medium—range missile, days after a warning from the united states. rescuers in mexico are forced to suspend their search efforts temporarily, after the country is hit by another earthquake. and — the king versus the president. why one of basketball‘s biggest names has picked a fight with donald trump. hello, i'm duncan golestani.
north korea's foreign minister has launched a fresh verbal attack on president trump. speaking at the united nations, ri yong—ho called president trump "a mentally deranged person — full of megalomania". he said trump's threat to destroy his country had made a rocket assault on the united states "all the more inevitable". andrew plant has the story. pyongyang, the capital of north korea, the place where tens of thousands of north koreans gathered to show support for their leader, kim jong—un, and their anger at america's leader, donald trump. translation: who the hell is trump to talk about the collapse of our government? we are resolved to settle our differences with the us by military force, if war breaks out. translation: afterl heard the announcement,
my anger at the psycho trump was unbearable. his words at the un were quite ridiculous. america, in turn, has demonstrated its strength and its own offensive options — the us air force flying bombers and fighters over waters east of north korea. the closest they have flown to the country this century, says the pentagon, it shows how seriously america is taking what they've called north korea's reckless behaviour. its national motto translates as "powerful and prosperous" — 25 million people live in north korea. it is increasingly antagonistic words and frequent missile tests have made many uneasy. but there has been no sign of north korea hoping to placate or appease any escalating tension. their foreign minister pulling no punches in a speech to the un, saying donald trump was "mentally deranged"
and on a suicide mission. translation: the absurd reality is that a person like trump — a mentally deranged person, full of megalomania, who is chastised by his own people as "commander in grief", as "president evil", a gambler who uses threats, fraud, and schemes — has his hand on the nuclear button. this is the greatest threat to international peace and security. donald trump has said north korea would pay dearly for its hostile behaviour. america, he said, would totally destroy the country, if it was ever forced to defend itself. andrew plant, bbc news. well for more on the current tensions i spoke to drjohn park, from the korea working group at harvard kennedy school. he told me why he thinks the rhetoric will hinder efforts to resolve the situation. it is an alarming situation. not
only are they throwing words at each other but we have entered a phase where this part of the crisis, we are looking very emotional and personal types of attacks and it is happening and missed military exercise and displays and shows of strength. essentially, the us is sending a signal that they are strong and vigilant in terms of being ready at any moment to use that force. the latest show of strength from the us, are flying over the demilitarised zone, saying the us has many military options. what you make of the assessment? that is a consistent message from the us side but it is part of the timing. escalation is growing and with that, the message from the us side is sent with tremendous amount of confidence but the question is,
how is the north korean side receiving that message? our concern is the gap between the message sent and received is growing also. president trump has accused iran of working with north korea, hours after tehran said it has successfully tested a new medium—range ballistic missile. mr trump tweeted that the missile was capable of reaching israel, and again condemned the 2015 nuclear deal signed by iran and world powers including the us. our diplomatic correspondent, caroline hawley reports. a show of power from tehran. a missile with a message for the americans. this was state—run television in iran broadcasting what it says was the successful test of the newly developed khorramshahr missile, with a range of 2,000 kilometres. the launch came just days after president trump attacked iran at the united nations,
for destabilising the middle east, and condemned its missile programme. he again threatened to abandon a historic nuclear deal painstakingly negotiated over many years. we cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilising activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear programme. iran insists its missile programme does not contravene the nuclear agreement. and the iranian president says his people are now waiting for an apology from mr trump. in defiance of mr trump, came this military display on friday at which the new missile was proudly unveiled. translation: like it or not, we will increase our deterrents and defence power in any form we deem to be necessary. in addition to upgrading the missile systems we will also
strengthen our naval, ground and air forces. iran's missile programme is in the hands of hardliners and they, it seems, are only being strengthened by the rhetoric from washington. there seems to be a much broader consensus on the need to develop the missile tests as a deterrent because they feel there might be a threat coming especially from the united states with regard to the possibility of regime change. no response from the americans so far to the latest iranian missile launch, but there is little doubt that the belligerent tone coming from both countries will ratchet up tensions. just as in north korea, iran is trying to show that it will not be pushed around. caroline hawley, bbc news. there's been another strong earthquake in mexico. the latest had a magnitude of 6.1. its epicentre was close to the town of matios romero in the south—western state of oaxaca.
the tremors were felt in mexico city. will grant has more on the search and rescue efforts in the capital. there are rescue workers still working on those buildings and, if they are there, it is because they think there is a possibility of still finding people alive and they will continue to do that until that possibility is completely gone. behind me, you might be able to make out that this is a major centre, now, this is a plaza — in fact that a plaza i used to live in — which has got a lot of people turning up with bottles of water, with blankets, with clothes for children, with tinned food. it is sort of a volunteer centre and that outpouring of support has been very, very important to mexicans, to keep going as those hopes becomes slimmer and slimmer. they are kind of keeping people going by supporting each other in this way. will, what about the much bigger aid operation in terms of getting to the people that need it, so many homes destroyed, what is that looking like?
that has got to involve structural changes as well, hasn't it, notjust here, in mexico city, but in some of thes outer states. but in some of these outer states. you mentioned 0axaca, of course, that has been hit with two earthquakes in quick succession. so we're going to have to see real institutional support, not just from the mexican government, who really need to concentrate on those worst effected areas, the poorest housing here in mexico city, in mexico state, but also undoubtedly international help. we've heard that help is coming from other countries in the region, from colombia, even fromm venezuela — countries where mexico does not have the greatest of relationship with at the moment but, when it comes to this, there has been sort of a brotherhood, if you like, across latin america, as they try to support mexico in its time of need. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: the local government in the region of catalonia in spain has refused to allow madrid to take command of its police force,
in a continuing row over a proposed catalan independence referendum. the central government has been attempting to block the referendum, which it describes as illegal. central police have been sent to catalonia and several referendum organisers have been taken to court. supporters of the french far—left politician, jean—luc melenchon, have marched through the streets of paris. they were demonstrating against president macron‘s labour reforms. they say the changes, signed into law on friday, are an attack on workers rights. uber‘s announced that it's prepared to make concessions to reverse the decision that it's operating licence in london should not be renewed. the city's mayor, sadiq khan, has said he had sympathy with the ride hailing app's drivers and customers but the company had failed to act as a fit and proper operator. germans are going to the polls on sunday to elect a new parliament. it's widely expected that chancellor merkel‘s christian democrats will retain its majority.
damien mcguinness reports from berlin. angela merkel‘s centre—right party looks set to get the most votes in parliament. that would mean she will lead the country for another four years. what we do not know is what sort of government she will lead, all the potential government parties that she could form a coalition with have very different policies when it comes to migration, the eurozone, the economy. so forming a coalition could be quite difficult and keeping that coalition together could also be tricky. the other big thing about this election is the emergence of a new anti— migrant, anti—muslim party, alternative for germany, or afd. they are set to enter parliament for the first time. they will not form government, because they are so controversial no other party will work with them, because some of the party members are accused of racism, xenophobia and inciting hatred. some members of the afd have
links to neo—nazi groups. angela merkel is clear she will not form a coalition government with them. if they do well and they get a lot of seats in this building, they will have a big impact on debate here in germany. six people have been injured in suspected acid attacks in east london. police were called to the area around the westfield shopping centre in stratford, following reports of a group of men spraying a noxious substance. three people have been hospitalised but none of thought to have life—threatening injuries. the incident is not being treated as a terrorist attack. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we report from the caribbean, where uk troops are in the british virgin islands helping to clean up after hurricane maria. ben johnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home
to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world. and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, and even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is bbc news.
the latest headlines: north korea's foreign minister has launched an attack on president trump and warned that un sanctions would not force his country to change its nuclear policy. iran defies america by test—firing a new medium—range missile, days after a warning from donald trump. hurricane maria — and the heavy rain that followed — are continuing to wreak havoc in puerto rico. thousands of people have been asked to leave the area near a dam showing signs of weakness. the dam began flooding a nearby river on friday. thirteen people have died so far in puerto rico since the storm hit the island. and nearby in the british virgin islands, britain's biggest warship has arrived to give support for those affected by the recent hurricanes. jeremy cooke reports from tortola. into the disaster zone, hms 0cean off the british virgin islands,
straight to work delivering aid where it is desperately needed. for the flight crews, the first look at this hurricane—shattered landscape, almost every building damaged, widespread devastation. already 0cean‘s landing craft are heading to the main island of tortola. the navy's working parties on the ground getting stuck in. hot, humid conditions, stinking, stagnant water. welcome to the caribbean. on board ship there are 60 tons of essential cargo and with nine helicopters, the means of delivery. we've arrived with a stack of building material, we've got timber, plumbing materials, hacksaws, chainsaws but importantly also a lot of professional personnel who are highly skilled in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. it is an urgent mission.
the flight deck has been open for business since the moment 0cean arrived. she has been steaming at full speed for two weeks, everyone on board ready now to go to work. the priority is to improve shelter. everyone knows the hurricane season is not over yet. of course it is notjust about the british aid effort here. the scale of destruction across these islands is so immense, to get things better will take a superhuman effort by the islanders themselves. they are getting on with the task but they know it will take months or years to get this job done. most here are delighted that hms 0cean has arrived, but they also know there must be self—help. we don't sit back and relax. when things happen, we act. we get straight to it. as you can see, after a hurricane we are straight to work. we don't wait for nobody
to come and help us, we start to do things ourselves. those leading the uk mission here say the arrival of hms ocean is a game changer. the relief effort will gain pace but for these islands to recover will be a greater task still and they will look to the uk for long—term strategic support. jeremy cooke, bbc news, on the british virgin islands. after six years of terrible bloodshed, the syrian city of aleppo has fallen to the assad regime and a ceasefire deal brokered by russia and turkey is just about holding. new zealand's ruling national party has won the country's parliamentary elections but fallen just short of a majority. prime minister bill english saw off a challenge from his main opponent labour leaderjacinda ardern, but his government's future has again been placed in
the hands of a minor party. chris chang reports from auckland. labour had ridden the high of jacinda—mania, but it was not enough to rein in the national party. i have come off the field knowing i know we gave it our all. volatile polls suggested a neck and neck race til the end. national pulled ahead early and maintained its distance. thank you for the opportunity as your leader to debate intensively and consistently and strongly with new zealanders about how this country can do so much better. but with just 46% of the vote, new zealand's first veteran politician holds the main cards. we're not going to rush out and make decisions and make all sorts of statements.
in fact, we will not be giving any answers tonight or until we have had a full chance to talk to the new zealand first board. green party leaderjames shaw has urged mr peters to side with them and labour. it would give them the required total of 61 seats in the house. with special votes still to come, negotiations may take some time. but the fate of bill english will be at the hand of kingmaker winston peters. the third invictus games — a sporting tournament founded by britain's prince harry, for wounded and injured servicemen and women has got under way in toronto. more than 550 service personnel from 17 allied nations are taking part in 12 adaptive sports in the games. ahead of the games, prince harry and canadian prime ministerjustin trudeau held a bilateral meeting. and earlier prince harry met
melania trump in toronto. the us first lady, who's on her first official solo international trip, also invited the prince to visit the white house. the 0scar—winning british actor colin firth has become one of us basketball‘s biggest stars — lebronjames — has described president trump as a ‘bum' — in an escalating row between the president and leading sports figures. on friday — donald trump used an obscenity to describe american footballers who fail to stand for the national anthem — as colin kaepernick did last year in a protest at police brutality. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. california's golden state warriors. nba champions, considered by some one of the greatest teams of all time. by tradition, basketball‘s top side is usually invited to the white house to meet the president. but one of their star players, stephen curry, said he had other
plans. i don't want to go. that's about it. the things that he said and the things that he has not said at the right time, we will not stand for it. by acting and not going, hopefully that will, um, inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country. as so often, the president chose to respond on social media. "going to the white house is considered a great honour for a championship team," he tweeted. "stephen curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!" which prompted a brutal comeback from one basketball‘s greatest ever players, lebronjames. "you bum", he replied. "stephen curry already said he ain't going, so therefore ain't no invite. going to the white house was a great honour until you showed up!" # 0h, say can you see... the president had already condemned
high—profile football players like colin kaepernick who refused to stand for the star spangled banner. speaking at a rally on friday, mr trump did not hold back. wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners say, when somebody disrespects our flag, "get that son of a (bleep) off the field right now. out! he is fired!" as for the golden state warriors, the team says that if stephen curry is not invited, none of them will go. instead they will use their trip to washington, dc to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion. the 0scar—winning british actor colin firth has become an italian citizen. mr firth, who has been opposed to britain leaving the european union, said he had applied for an italian passport because of "the uncertainty around".
he will also keep his british passport as a dual citizen. widely known for starring in films like the king's speech — for which he won the oscar — and bridgetjones, mr firth has been married to an italian film producerfor two decades hi there. yesterday, we had two types of weather through the afternoon. for a number of places, northern ireland, scotland, northern england, it stayed rather cloudy. this was one scene in buttermere, in cumbria. other places had glorious sunshine. good parts of southern england, and the midlands, and into wales had the best of that. where the sunshine came out, it became warm, with temperatures up to 21 celsius. that is 70 in fahrenheit. notably, across scotland, around the moray firth, temperatures were about six degrees above average for this time of year. looking at the weather, as we start the day today,
we have a band of rain pushing east. as it does so, it will bump into high—pressure across scandinavia and europe. so it will be a slow—moving front. quite often, it will be weak as well. starting with a band of rain to start the day for western scotland. damp in northern ireland, and spits and spots of rain across west wales, devon, and cornwall, too. 12 to 15 degrees in towns and cities. across central england it should stay dry with sunny spells all day. high cloud in the sky will make it hazy at times. you can see the rain does not move far from where it starts. it gradually trickles into central areas of scotland, with cloud breaks for eastern scotland, sunny spells will come through from time to time. northern ireland perhaps brightening up in the afternoon. across wales and south—west england, sunshine at a premium,
quite often be cloudy with patches of rain. not rain all the time, but some on and off through the day. central and eastern england in the sunshine will be warmer. temperatures 22—23 celsius for a high. going through sunday evening, it looks like the rain will be pepping up. more persistent across scotland, western england and wales. we will see some fog patches form underneath underneath clearing skies in northern ireland, where things will turn out quite chilly. it could be a murky start there on monday. monday morning, that fog will clear away slowly in northern ireland. this band of rain will weaken across scotland, west england and wales. after a cloudy start across eastern england, the cloud break up with sunny spells throughout. temperatures for most of us between 16—19 degrees celsius with that sunshine coming through northern ireland. once the fog clears out of the way. looking at the next few days, often the weather will be dry in the week ahead. warm as well with sunny spells. but a band of rain is coming through on thursday. and that's your weather. bye for now.
this is bbc news. the headlines: north korea's foreign minister has told the un general assembly that president trump's threats made it inevitable north korean rockets would, as he put it, visit the entire us mainland. the comments come as the us flew bombers and fighterjets over international waters east of north korea. iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres. the us has warned that tests could jeopardise the deal that ended sanctions in return for the halt of its nuclear programme. iran denies its missile development breaches the un resolution. mexico has been struck by another strong earthquake, the third in less than three weeks. the latest tremor measured 6.1 and was centred in the southern state of oaxaca. now on bbc news,