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breaking news, seismic blast. north korea launches its fifth neek here test and may be the most powerful one yet. we're getting information about how quickly kim jong-un is developing new weapons that could strike the united states. outrageous threat. hillary clinton and donald trump are responding to north korea's defiance. they are drawing clear connection to their battle to the white house. key trump allies claim the republican nominee has now abandoned a long time line of attack against the president. will donald trump ever publicly say that barack obama was born in the united states? putin's cwar games. he puts out a huge show of military might. is putin trying to provoke the u.s. and nato at a time when tensions are already soaring.
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we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." breaking news tonight, the united states says it's ready to do whatever it takes to defend against the grave threat from north korea's rapidly expanding nuclear program. north korea claims it has the abilities to produce weapons with a higher strike power that it could use against the united states and its allies. hillary clinton says the world must stop north korea's dangerous game. she pet with a group of experts a while ago. clinton says the nuclear threats are a reminder that americans must choose a commander in chief that can respond with steadiness
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and strength. donald trump is responding by trying to cast blame on clinton. he's calling the nuclear test one more massive failure from a failed secretary of state. also tonight, russia holds massive war games in crimea. experts say putin is sending a message to the u.s. and the world that he's in control of krimea and forces are ready to fight to keep him. i'll talk about these global threats with the house democratic on top arms services committee. let's begin this hour with north korea's nuclear defiance. will ripley is standing by. first, let's go to barbara starr with the latest. >> tonight north korea's nuclear weapons program increasingly appears to be successful. the question is what is kim
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really up to? does he really want to attack the united states? north korean tv announcing the state's fifth nuclear test, the second test this year. potentially its most powerful yet. they claim they tested a nuclear warhead that would be mounted on a missile that could someday hit the u.s. >> the international community, united nation security council and especially the other six-party powers must hold north korea accountable for this latest act and heighten the pressure on north korea. >> reporter: a u.s. officials tells cnn north korea has emb k embarked on a rapidly and increasingly successful nuclear missile test program. this time more than just worldwide condemnation. in tokyo patriot missiles continue to sit outside ready to shoot down any possible north korean missile. the south korean government
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gathered as president park called kim jong-un's regime reckless. >> translator: this is a significant threat to world piece a peace and puts the korean peninsula into a crisis. >> reporter: president obama called it a grave threat and with a precise warning that the u.s. maintains the commitment to provide extended deterrents guaranteed by the full spectrum of u.s. defense capabilities. that full spectrum language is reminding kim that the u.s. has its weapons to protect japan and south korea. if north korea did successfully test warhead, the regime is on the path to a nuclear attack capability. >> they clearly have a nuclear
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weapon. it's a question of how many missiles they have been able to make it to. >> reporter: the world will not accept a nuclear north korea but even as the united nations met to discuss new sanctions, there's no agreement what would stop kim short of military attack. the pentagon may decide to send ships and aircraft to the region but the sheer size of this nuclear test has unsettled governments around the world. >> another nuclear test by north korea is worrisome and quite dangerous. some experts are saying it could have been 10 to 20 kilitons. that's significantly larger than previous tests. >> part of the goal is to make sure he understands not to attack the united states and the asian allies, japan and south korea and he understands it would would lead to such a massive retaliation, he and his regime would not survive. it's not clear what it's going
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to take to get him to stop his nuclear efforts. >> thank you very much. i want to bring in will ripley right now. will is joining us live tonight from tokyo. what's the calculation for kim jong-un in doing this right now? >> reporter: he came to power about five years ago. he's believed to be in his early 30s. he was trying to find a message and this rapid development of the nuclear arsenal and the missile capables is his platform. i was there in may when he laid out his reshuffle party leadership. he has now fulfilled that plan. we have seen all these launches in the last two weeks.
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four missile launches and now this nuclear test. the second in a year. >> is there any reason to believe that more sanctions against north korea will have any impact at all? >> reporter: not from my vant age point. i was asking what about sanctions and isolation. they said it's not our concern. we'll tighten our belts. we'll go hungry if we have to. we will develop these weapons because that's what our leader wants to do. he can convince this country it's the only way to stay a sovereign state. pst leader to hardship for a lot of people there. >> thanks very mump. will is watching that situation very closely. let's bring in the top democrat on the house armed services.
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donald trump says north korea is china's problem. they should fix it. do you agree? >> i think china is in the best position but i think it's naive to say it's just china's problem. it's south korea's problem, japan and ours. we have a country that's dangerous. they don't care whether their people starve or not. they possess nuclear weapons. it's a global threat. >> trump also says he'd be willing to negotiate directly with kim jong-un, maybe even invite him, if he were president, to the united states. would that be smart? >> i don't think there would be any point at that at this point. we have negotiated with him multiple times. the clinton administration did. the bush administration did. what they have made clear is what you said in your report. they're going to build these weapons. they don't care about their people. they don't care if they starve. we have to make it clear that if they engage in any military activity, they will be destroyed. we have to have a credible
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deterrent. that seems to be the only thing that will stop them from engaging in military action. we have sanctioned them but it's not going to stop them from developing the nuclear weapon. >> the u.s. still has 30,000 troops along the demilitarized zone. also there to show that we are ready to stand with the region, with south korea, with japan to defend them against north korea. it's worth noting that's one of the many alliances that donald trump called into question, whether or not she should be supporting countries like south korea and japan. i think it would be a dangerous mistake to show we're not going to stand up. that would likely provoke him to act. if he thought he could get away with it, he'd do it. we're the ones that can make sure he doesn't. >> you want to keep the troops
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there? >> absolutely. >> donald trump says if you have to keep them there, get south korea and japan to pay for it. >> first of all, donald trump is probably unaware of this but they do pay. >> they don't pay for all of it. >> a substantial portion. >> should they pay for all of it? >> we have our interest there too. it's not in our interest if north korea goes rolling into south korea or bombs japan. >> let me read a statement the trump campaign put out today. north korea's fourth nuclear test, the fourth since hooern became secretary of state. clinton promised to work to end north korea's nuclear program as secretary of state. the program has not only grown
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in strength and sophistication. you support her for president. >> i think that statement from the trump campaign is naive bordering on idiotic. the clinton presidency, the bush presidency, the obama presidency all have tried their best to contain north korea. if donald trump is blaming any administrations for how crazy north korea is, he doesn't understand. north yee doesn't care. north korea, by some accounts, as many as a million or two million people have starved to death in a given year. they don't care. >> do you think they're afraid? >> no. here's what i think. hopefully we've got to control them and hope that something changes at some point. there's nothing wrong with trying.
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we have to make clear that's in place. >> i remember back in 1994, and i'm sure you remember as well. i was cnn's white house correspondent when bill clinton negotiated a nuclear deal with the north korean regime. it looked very upbeat. how did that deal work out? >> it worked out terribly but it was worth the effort. it was worth trying because the alternative, if we said we're not going to negotiate, they would have gone forward any way. it was worth the effort. what that attempt and what the 20 years since have shown us, i won't say it a fourth time but north korea doesn't care. we have got to deter them from a guaranteed response. >> let me get your thought on these allegations that the russian government is hacking
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the democratic party here in the united states with the impact being to try to help donald trump, supposedly, be elected president. do you buy any of that? >> it seems fairly clear. >> why does it seem so clear? >> most report have traced back the hacks of the dnc to the russians. they're not hacking in to give us donald trump's tax returns. it would seem that the russians would prefer to have donald trump as president. when you hear him talk, when you hear him praise putin and attack our nato allies, you can see why putin would think that's a good thing. >> he said what's wrong with letting russia with the united states. >> i totally agree with him. there's nothing wrong with having a good relationship with russia. there's everything wrong with saying we will abandon our nato allies to get that good relationship. our relationship with our nato allies is pretty darn important too. to sacrifice a relationship with
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democratic institutions that have been our allies for decades that are also fighting isis. i'm still waiting for russia to start fighting isis instead of bombing the freedom fighters who are going against assad in syria. the sacrifice nato for the sake of putin -- >> you agree with trump when he says the russians want to destroy isis just as much as the united states does? >> i hope we can get them to that point. thus far the evidence doesn't show that. i would love to have a better relationship with russia. i think it was a horrible missed opportunity after the wall came down that russia went the way it did with putin. we should work back to that. we shouldn't sacrifice our allies and our vital national security interests. >> i need you to stand by. don't go away. we have more questions for you. we're getting breaking news coming into "the situation room." john kerry and his russian counter part are announcing a new deal attempting to reach
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moments ago secretary of state john kerry and his russian
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counterpart announced a new attempting to reach peace in syria. we're being told it's designed to bring assad, the syrian dictator to the table. nick, what do we know? what do we know about the specifics? >> reporter: yeah, wolf, 18 hours marathon session of talks comes on the back of three meetings over the past two weeks. many, many weeks of work and ground work have been put in place here over that time. what we're learning now here is that this deal is something that secretary of state john kerry said he and president obama feel that there is enough in this deal and they've got enough confidence in the russian side that there's something here that can hold that will keep russia to account. russia requires to put pressure on president bashar assad.
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this is how secretary kerry began to lay out the first steps in the process. >> today, the united states and russia are announcing a plan which we hope will reduce violence, ease suffering and resume movement towards a negotiated peace and a political transition in syria. the obama administration, the united states is going the extra mile here because we believe that russia and my colleague have the capability to press the assad regime to stop this conflict and come to the table and make peace. >> reporter: assad forces have to stop their fighter flying
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where civilians have been killed. assad jet fighters to stop flying in areas that the united states has worked with russians. they are also saying there must be a very clear access for humanitarian aid and key areas in aleppo. this will open the road for the rebel areas to get much needed humanitarian aid. 300,000 people living in that area. there's another area in aleppo that will have to be allowed to get free passage to aid work. secretary kerry says there be a seven-day test period for both sides. both sides, he said must follow that commitment here. the success of this, he said, will defend precisely on the actions of both the government and the opposition. a seven-day test period to see
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if this cessation holds. that means the potential to move forward on more political talks in the coming weeks, wolf. >> clearly it's not a done deal by any means yet. we'll check in with her. congressman adam smith, ranking democratic, ranking member of the house armed services committee is with us. you trust the russians in a deal like this? >> no, in a word. i think it's good. i applaud secretary kerry. i think the effort needs to be made. the only way to stop the carnage is get some transition away from assad. syria will not make a successful transition to a regional
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government until assad decides to leave. >> we know he's not leaving. >> right. >> the russians want him to go. >> right. that's the problem. there will be no peace in syria until he does go. he has become such a reviled figure for so many syrians and for so many others in the arab world and turkey that the fighting won't stop until he goes. it's not ultimately going to solve the problem. it's not the first time they have had this kind of a deal. the slaughter continues in syria. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. just ahead, we'll have more on donald trump, hillary clinton, their war of words over national security. is trump sending mixed messages on north korea?
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we're also taking look at the muscle flexing of korea.
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right now we're getting breaking news from trump's campaign. sundlin, mike pence has just released his tax returns. >> reporter: that's right. he released ten years of his tax returns from 2006 to 2015. this is significant because it does shine a spotlight on the fact that the man at the top of the ticket still refuses to release his own top returns. this is almost certain this issue will remain front and center for their campaign. trump is also facing questions on how he would handle north korea's latest provocations and what he's doing is trying to place blame on hillary clinton saying she is responsible as a former secretary of state but as of tonight, donald trump is still not outlining what his
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strategy would be. >> donald trump is trying to blame hillary clinton for the rise of north korea's nuclear capabilitie capabilities. >> it was announced that north korea performed its fifth nuclear test since hillary clinton became secretary of state. it's just one more massive failure from a failed secretary of state. >> reporter: trump did not say what he would do to respond to the provocations if he were president and his campaign refused to provide details. >> china, this is your baby. this is your problem. you solve the problem. china can solve that problem. >> reporter: in march the gop nominee suggested that japan should acquire nuclear weapons to guard against threats. >> wouldn't you rather, in a certain sense, have japan have nuclear weapons when north korea have nuclear weapons. they do have them.
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they have no carrier system but they will soon. >> reporter: trump is facing more fall out on another foreign policy front. >> he is really very much of a leader. >> reporter: after his praise of russian president vladimir putin. >> what about invading other countries is leadership? what about running your economy into the ground is leadership. what about persecuting lgbt russians is leadership? >> reporter: trump appeared on russia today, a russia state funded tv propaganda channel. the trump campaign is trying to down play it calling it a favor to the interviewer, larry king. >> larry king has a podcast. mr. trump went on his pod cast. nobody said it was going to be on russian tv. >> reporter: the substance of the tv is what is raising eyebrows with trump blasting the u.s. media on russian tv. an odd context giving the lack of press freedom in russia but the epidemic of assassinations of journalists in russia who
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challenge the kremlin. >> the media has been dishonest. they will take a statement that's perfect and cut it up and chop it up. >> reporter: he down played concerns about russia meddling in u.s. politics, dismissing reports that russia hacked the democratic national committee despite officials saying there's little doubt the country was behind the hack. >> i think it's probably unlikely. i think maybe the democrats are putting that out. who knows? i think it's pretty unlikely. >> reporter: the trump campaign is trying to clean up another controversy. trump's refusal to disavow his birther past questioning if president obama was born in the u.s. >> he believes president was born here. i was born in camden, new jersey. >> reporter: trump's surrogates are out in full force saying trump accepts that president obama was born in the u.s. >> donald trump believes now that he was born in the united states. i believe it. he believes it. we all believe it.
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>> reporter: donald trump has not backed off those accusations publicly himself. even though he did have a chance earlier in the week to do so. he was asked by reporters and he did not disavow them. he said this is something he doesn't talk about anymore. >> thanks very much. let's get in our political experts. >> his strategy is that she is a former failed secretary of state and that the only reason we're having problems in north korea right now is because the obama administration with her at the helm of the state department did not properly deal with the problem. now, i would also point out that today, hillary spoke and he
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spoke. both of them talked about china and the need for china to get involved to solve this problem which was kind of interesting to me. they both seem to be, at least, sort of on the same page. >> china has the most influence over north korea right now. he said they can handle it. on the other hand, he often trashes china. what is it? >> the other thing about what hillary clinton and donald trump said about china, yes, hillary clinton did say that. donald trump has said it's china's problem. hillary clinton was a little more saying u.s. and allies should pressure china. donald trump in 1999, said that north korea should be preemptively bombed if negotiations failed. he's been all over the place on that. he suggests that if china doesn't do anything, that we could cut off trade with them. at the very least would hurt u.s. manufacturing that would hurt his economic plan. he doesn't think four steps
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ahead. it's more like whatever he thinks. >> that 1999 interview, you know who was interviewing him? that would be many. let's talk about what he's saying about putin and russia. how's that playing out there among republicans? >> this has got to be the most surprising development in the campaign. arguably, the biggest misstep in the campaign. how can the republican presidential nominee go out and heap praise on one of the united states biggest adversaries. that's perplexing. that's what i'm hearing from republicans as well. they are biting their tongue. they are taking a step back. we saw yesterday trying to talk to members on capitol hill. they wouldn't address it. paul ryan, wouldn't address it. at this point, i think republicans are beside themselves. i was surprised what he agreed
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with donald trump really kind of back into a corner but decided to agree with him. i think republicans, right now, those who were never sold on trump are really looking at the house and senate races saying how will this affect us. >> he did address the value voters. a lot of conservatives. he did seem nicely received. >> he was received but he has to do some courting. you saw him using language that he hasn't used before. they are skeptical of him. >> what kind of language? >> he said things like he was dressing supreme court appointments. he was going to appoint supreme court nominees that would hold up -- uphold their values. he also said he would protect the christian heritage of america. he said he called himself a believer in jesus christ. these are not things, that's not part of his stump speech.
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he saw him tailoring that. they're skeptical of him. he used to support abortion. he's on his third marriage. he's had affairs. these are not really family values in the way this group looks at them. given the choice between hillary clinton and donald trump, you can imagine this is a demographic that's going to go for donald trump. the issue is what with kind of enthusiasm. that's the question. not only is it the voting but this is a demographic to put in the time and work to pick up the phones and knock on the doors. >> much more coming in. we'll be right back. it's not a banner that goes on a wall. it's not something you do now and then. or when it's convenient. it's using state-of-the-art simulators to better prepare for any situation. it's giving offshore teams onshore support. and it's empowering anyone to stop a job if something doesn't seem right.
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we're back with our political team as we follow breaking news tonight. hillary clinton is condemning north korea's new nuclear test saying the world must stop kim jong-un's dangerous game. brianna keilar is joining us with more. how did it go? >> this was a who's who of former national security experts. democrats and republicans important to note. they talked about defeating isis abroad as well as at home. with national security taking center stage in the race for the white house, tonight hillary clinton is showcasing her commander in chief credentials
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meeting with a bipartisan group of prominent national security experts. >> i asked them to join me for a candid conversation about some of the most challenging issues facing our country. >> reporter: among those at the meeting former cia director david petraeus and michael chertauff. after the meeting in a carefully staged event, clinton came to the microphone to once again blast donald trump. >> this just becomes more and more of a reality television show. it's not a serious presidential campaign. it is beyond once imagination to have a candidate for president praising a russian autocrat like vladmir putin. >> reporter: with north korea's test of another nuclear weapon, clinton is also in a political
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bind. trump saying it's evidence her time as secretary of state was a failure. clinton condemned the test and said the u.s. must recalibrate its approach with northkorea. >> the increasing threat posed by north korea requires not only a rethinking of the strategy but an urgent effort to convince the neighbors, most particularly china, this is not just a u.s. issue. we are not going to let anyone who is a treaty ally and partner of ours be threatened. we're not going to let north korea pursue a nuclear weapon with the capacity to deliver it to a united states territory. that's absolutely a bottom line. >> reporter: clinton's running mate is accusing trump of showing a shocking level of disrespect for president in praising russia's president vladmir putin.
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>> he's been a leader far more than our president has been a leader. >> if you don't know the difference between leadership and dictatorship then where do i start with you. a ticket that's praising a dictator who is hurting his country, hurting his people as some example of leadership is horrible. >> reporter: the clinton campaign is out with a new ad emphasizing the importance of democrats and republicans working together. >> that's how we got health care for 8 million kids. rebuilt new york city after 9/11 and got the treaty cutting russia's nuclear arms. we've got to bring people together. that's how you solve problems and that's what i'll do as president. >> reporter: clinton land is trying to push out a more positive message in what has become a divisive and even nasty race for the white house. a far cry from 2000 when donald palled around with bill clinton in new york. these old photos, newly public,
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among about two dozen released from the clinton presidential library. those were actually photos that the archives official considered personal. politico put forward this freedom of information act request and they did get their way on that. perhaps they would have been considered personal before but in light of the current political circumstances, they're pertinent. >> good point. stay with us. we have new cnn/orc poll numbers out. 53% of the american public now say the economic conditions in the united states are good. that's the highest number since 2007. i assume that's good news for hillary clinton's campaign. >> it is. nine years, the most positive view americans have had about the economy. we went through with a terrible crash this 2008 and 2009 and the
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repercussions afterwards. just in the past year alone, it's climbed seven points. we're now seeing a trend, a very good trend here in the united states where americans are having a better view of where they were. that's only been in the past few months as well as we're seeing that 73% of nonh-whites, minorities think the economy is doing well. this is good for hillary clinton. it's the right trend, right track at the right time. she does need help is that 66% of non-white college graduates believe the economy is not doing very well. of course, we have seen that in the poll numbers. we have seen that in a state such as ohio. overall very good news for hillary clinton. >> president obama's approval number at 51% in our new poll. that's pretty good at that stage in his second term. >> absolutely. for any president in their second term. that's very good news and good for hillary clinton. she's been pulling him close and
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it turns out that was a good thing in terms of being the next term of barack obama. >> it's a good indicator. it would help hillary clinton if people liked what's going on right now and approve of the job that the president of the united states has done. presumably that will spill over in her favor. >> what we saw in the republican primaries is that voters who were angry and felt betrayed by washington also felt they hadn't had a raise in 15 years. these are the voters that donald trump appealed to and does appeal to. if they start feeling they are getting ahead and these voters may not feel that way, the more voters who feel that they are making progress, the better shot hillary clinton has, particularly in rust belt states. >> it is worth noting that donald trump's a businessman. he talked about making the economy better and how he can make america great again. if there's already a thought that america is great again or getting to be great again,
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that's going to take a tool out of his weaponry. >> i don't know that people are there yet but it might be turning. >> alert our viewers right now. hillary clinton is sitting down with cnn for an exclusive interview about the terror attacks of september 11th, 2001. you can see it this sunday, the 15th anniversary of the attacks. watch cnn state of the union, which begins at a special time sunday morning, 8:30 a.m. eastern. vladmir putin sends a message to the u.s. and nato. we have details of the massive war games he's staging in the region. mplgt adorned in gash from around the world. she stood as an activist. >> one of us is a victim, we're all a victim. badu was approached by concert
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there's more breaking news just moments ago. secretary of state john kerry and his russian counterpart sergey lavrov announced a new deal to reach peace in syria. our correspondent elise labott is joining us from geneva. you were there when the announcement was made, elise. give us the details. >> reporter: wolf, a long day. 16 hours' worth of negotiations, month, really, led up to this day and secretary kerry announced what could be a turning point in the civil war in syria. we are talking right now about a cessation of hostilities throughout the country starting on sunday. that's the beginning of the eid holiday, a very symbolic day and that lasts, wolf, for seven days and we will see an effective grounding of the syrian air force. the russians have talked to president assad and he will commit to a grounding of his air force in areas where the opposition is operating and
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perhaps some other areas. if that could hold, wolf, we're talking about a partnership that the u.s. and russia have been talking about, a very controversial partnership to start joint targeting of al nusra militants and all this time humanitarian corridors could be in aleppo, this besieged city, where hundred of thousands of people have been starving without access to water, food, medical care. the hope, really is if there's calm in the country there could be some political talks on a transition on really ending the war, but a key question right now, wolf, is that the u.s. and russia can put the pressure on the parties they have influence with. russia, the assad regime, can they, in effect, ground his air force. can the u.s. along with the saudis and others deliver the opposition to stop fighting the regime? still a very big question, but a big diplomatic breakthrough tonight, wolf. >> still not a done deal by any
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means. we'll see what happens, elise. thanks very much. russia, meanwhile is putting on a massive show of military force in crimea, the region it seized from ukraine two years ago. cnn's brian todd. it's using military exercises to send a strong message. >> this the kind of thing vladimir putin absolutely lives for, showing military strength in a place he took over and doing it in spectacular fashion and this is a huge show of force by the russian military near the border with ukraine and this is called kav 2016 and he was not to be outdone by the south korea military exercises. >> you have multiple rocket launchers fired, coordinated amphibious assault landings on beachheads, bombing runs, explosions all over the water. dozens of flighter jets flying
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mach dov flights and tanks and armored personnel carriers all over the place and there were 12,000 soldiers involved in these war games and these are designed to send a clear message and russia is ready to fight at any time. these drills are set to practice for an invasion of crimea and simulate russian forces fighting off that invasion and crimea is a province of ukraine that russia invaded in 2014. putin denied to invading it at the time, and later admitted it and it is a part of russia from now on. the war games at a high tension, and nato's expansion and of course, as we're looking at crimea, the annexation that prompted heavy western sanctions on rush a wofrl. >> he's doing these exercises to counter what the russians perceive as another potential threat emanating from it. >> it was just three weeks ago
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that russia accused ukraine of smuggling in operatives into crimea for sabotage. the ukrainians denied those allegations and it is very, very acute tonight. these exercises are evidence of that. he is determined to show his strength. >> good point. very dangerous situation all around on multiple fronts in that region and elsewhere, brian todd reporting. thank you. >> this weekend marks 15 years since 9/11. cnn will be airing an award-winning film that captures the horror and the heroism of that day. you can see 9/11, 15 years later sunday 8:00 p.m. eastern only here on cnn, and as american, get ready to pause and remember one of the most painful moments in our history. our thoughts, of course, are with the families of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on that day. among them my cousin, jeffrey schryer and he was working in
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the cantor fitzgerald brokerage firm on september 11, 2001. he was 48 years old. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer. erin burnett "out front" starts right now. "out front" next, breaking news, mike pence releasing his tax returns. why won't donald trump do the same? more breaking news, north korea exploding its powerful nuclear warhead ever? can kim jong-un launch a nuclear attack on the united states? can what really happened behind the scenes? he's my guest. let's go "out front." ♪ ♪ >> good evening. i'm erin burnett, out front tonight, the breaking news p taxing news. mike pence releasing his income tax

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