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i'm george howell in atlanta. >> and i'm hannah jones live for you here in london. you're watching cnn newsroom. >> 2:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast. north korea has fired off a round of four ballistic missiles. the united states has a strong message in response. here's how it reads. the united states strongly condemns the dprk's ballistic missile launches tonight. we remain prepared and will continue to take steps to increase our readiness to defend ourselves and allies from attack and prepared to use the full range of capabilities at our disposal against this growing threat. joining now to talk more about this is cnn global fairs correspondent elise labott. elise has been following the story for us. thanks for being with us. let's talk about this. given the strong statement that we heard from the united states, there are several things at play here. one of them the u.s. and south
korea are engaged in joint military drills and just to the north, china's national people's congress is taking place there is a lot halving at a very delicate time, elise. >> reporter: i think the u.s. and its allies especially south korea expected that north korea would do something income response to these annual drills between the u.s. and south korea. these are some of the largest annual drills north korea is always warning against them, says that they perceive them as a threat and even though the u.s. and south korea maintain that it's not, they do always expect that some north korean provocation around the times of the missile -- of the joint exercises. >> i want to talk morgue about what's happening in china right now. you remember back on the campaign trail last year, president trump said that china, he suggested that china could do for about the north korean issue, the threats coming from north korea. given that this has happened at
a time where china is having its national people's congress, give us a sense of the optics. >> reporter: well, i mean, i think the optics are more right now about these joint exercises. but certainly while the chinese are having these important meetings, obviously that brings north korea you know to the kind of top of the national security conversation there. i think that the u.s. and president trump in particular has really made an effort of trying to talk to the chinese to say listen, you have to become part of the solution here. secretary of state rex tillerson has made this one of his priorities trying to get china to do more to put pressure on north korea as north korea's really only ally and benefactorer. he's been putting pressure on the chinese after his meeting with foreign minister -- wang in at the g-20 in berlin a couple
of weeks ago you. saw the chinese cut off all imports from north korea. there's a lot more the chinese can do. it's certainly not enough for the u.s., but i think that the pressure will be slowly begin to be grow on china to do more to bring north korea to the table. >> it is good to get the reporting in perspective from you. elise labott, thank you so much for joining us on the line. >> reporter: my pleasure. cnn is covering this story with our correspondents around the world. paula hancocks is live at this hour in seoul in south korea. also will ripley standing by in the japanese capital of tokyo. paula to you first. as north korea's closest neighbor where are you in the south, what kind of reaction are we getting from seoul and also what's in south korea's arsenal, if you like to try and counter this threat from its northern neighbor be? >> reporter: well, hannah, we've had strong condemnation from
south korea as you might imagine. they had a national security council early this morning. the acting president also said that the consequences of a nuclear armed north korean regime would be pauling beyond imagination. now, the military has said that they did fly 1,000 kilometers but also potentially according to the joint chiefs can of staff, they went about 260 kilometers into the air. that range is far more significant. one u.s. official telling us it was likely to be an immediate missile. at this point, there are plans to put the missile defense system into south korea, the u.s. and south korea have signed on it, they bought the land and in the process of bringing that to south korea. something they say will be able to be protect south korea more from the north korean missile threat, but it is something that many in the region are not happy about. hannah? >> ripley live for us in tokyo. will, these missile tests, they landed in the sea of japan.
from japan's perspective, is there a sense that align has been crossed or have any such lines long been breached? >> reporter: well, certainly a line is crossed in the sense shinzo abe speaking in tokyo within the last few hours called this an even more severe threat that what japan has seen in the past because these missiles and they believe, whether there's a new missile or miffs tested before, they are essentially within striking distance all of japan, more than 50,000 u.s. troops are based here. more than 20 million people in the tokyo metropolitan area and these landed in the waters reportedly less than 200 miles off the japanese coast. japan be obviously concerned about the physical threat of missiles raining down. there are missile defense systems here in place in this country to try to shoot them down. but they are alarmed at the progress that north korea appears to be making here. >> paula, the united states has put out a strongly worded
statement against these tests. talking about the growing threat of north korea. i'm wondering if we should read anything into that. is it in a sense acknowledgement of pyongyang's ambition and capability? >> reporter: well, certainly the new administration appears to be well aware that pyongyang is getting better. the more it tests these missiles, the better their capability is. it's really clear that some of these tests including one just a few weeks ago, an intermediate range missile was an improvement, it was a solid fuel rather than liquid fuel launch which means it's more mobile and can be launched from a mobile launcher, quicker and far more difficult to track. certainly there are improvements that are happening. you heard the north korean leader kim jong-un on january 1st saying he is close to test launch agicbm, an
intercontinental ballistic missile which could hit mainland united states. so the united states is very well aware that this is exactly what north korea wants. it wants to be able to hit mainland united states with a nuclear tipped war head and has been very clear about that, and it is making progress. hannah? >> and will, you've spent a lot of time in north korea recently, as well reporting on the situation there and then very closed secretive state. what kind of reception these tests, these particular tests will have there in pyongyang and the wider country. >> well, i was there after the missile test that paula just mentioned, the first missile test of the trump administration and as soon as we walked into our hotel in pyongyang, the only thing playing on the evening news were pictures of the north korean leader standing triumphantly in front of this mobile missile launcher projecting strength to his own
people. the north korean people have been told they're under imminent threat from the united states. even though they will go without food, without regular electricity, they are told they have to tighten their belts to protect their national sovereignty. critics of the government say this is just a ploy by mr. kimtom stay in power just like his father and his grandfather before him. and so the propaganda will call it a huge fry up and show pictures of the missile and say north korea is defending itself against the number one enemy the united states and its allies. interestingly, i've been in the country during missile test failures. they're never acknowledged or reported inside the country. nobody knows it happened because the country is closed off from the outside world. there's no internet, no phone cause outside and just a little bit of media certainly doesn't get to the majority of the 24 million people who live there. >> i imagine these four missile tests will indeed be reported on
north korean state television this evening. thanks to both of you for reporting on this important story. paula hancocks and will ripley live for news tokyo. thank you. the fbi is calling on the u.s. justice department to publicly reject president trump's accusations about wiretapping. he accused former president obama of ordering the wiretaps at trump tower last year. mr. trump offered no evidence though and he's asking congress to investigate. cnn has more now. >> reporter: the fbi yesterday asked the department of justice to refute the allegations by donald trump that the obama administration wiretapped his phone in october during the campaign. we learned that sometime over the weekend, the fbi reached out to the department of justice to try and work something out to try and ask them if there was a way they could refute these stories. the fbi was very concerned about the allegations being not true
and the climate that it could create and the filing that somehow the fbi was involved in this. so the director asked that the department of justice refute these and so far, the department of justice has not done so. we asked them for comment tonight. they have not responded to our requests for comment. and we're just basically now waiting to see what happens going forward. and also, politically, what this means for the fbi director and trump and how trump will react to the idea that the chief law enforcement officer of this country, of the united states would regot two basically say these allegations that you're making are not true. >> the former assistant director of the fbi spoke with cnn's pamela brown and senior political analyst david gergen. tom fuentes says the fbi's request itself is a rejection of
president trump's claim. >> >> as far as i can tell it is unprecedented. but i think that it's interesting that what seems to be a request of the department of justice has actually knocked down the story. so it doesn't matter now if the department of justice con occurs or not. i'm not sure who would. >> that's a take from tom. joining us live from birmingham, england is scott lucas, professor of international politics at the university of birmingham and the founder and editor of ea world view. a pleasure to have you with us this hour. talk first about the president and these claims that he was wiretapped by the former president of the united states, barack obama. he's offered no evidence. at least publicly to back that up and be is now calling on legislators to investigate. >> well, not only the president but his aides calling on congress to investigate. let's be honest, they're trying to divert from the core story which is the on going investigation of whether the
trump administration and trump campaign had or still have links with russia. now, trump himself simply was motivated by anger. he was in florida on saturday morning upset that jeff sessions recused himself from the investigation when he hears this report from breitbart news formerly edited by steve bannon that you know, obama's got this supposedly deep state that was investigating trump and continues to try to undermine him. he hit the keyboard. what happened is interesting because his officials then doubled down on then yesterday by saying no, no, no look, let's just take the heat out of this and said no, congress should focus on the obama people rather than focusing on the trump russia links. >> you such a pivot in the sense it's been put back on legislators to dig deeper in the investigation they're already looking into russia. russia an issue that won't go away it seems as we saw the president's attorney general recuse himself from any
investigations related to the russia matter just last week. given than it came to light that he did in fact have meetings with the russian ambassador to the united states, and now the fbi is asking his department to knock down those claims. scott, this all seems a bit convoluted. >> well, let's just reduce it to the fact we've got a serious split now. what you've got on the one hand are most of the agencies of the u.s. government who think there is a serious issue here to be investigated about the russian links. we have many within the american agencies who let's be honest are leaking information to the media because of their let's say skepticism of president trump himself. now, on the other hand, you've got the trump loyalists in the white house but officials like jeff sessions. so the reason why justice may not be coming right now is because while justice department officials may agree with the fbi about this wiretapping diversion, jeff sessions is unlikely to authorize a
statement as a trump loyalist which will appear to damage the president. >> a report coming up just after this segment with you focusing on the travel ban. i'd like your perspective on it. this is a very important week for the president, that ban from people coming from certain muslim majority nations. it's due anytime in the coming hours. the last attempt got held up in the courts. explain the pressure now on this administration to get this the second time around. >> well, there are two levels of pressure that were on the administration. one is just the legal pressure that you can't just simply yell national security and rush through an executive order which is what trump and steve bannon tried to do. there actually is an easy out for the administration which is to say that people who are applying for visas from these seven countries cannot pursue that. but existing visa holders can get into the u.s. but what we're seeing is that the white house, the fire breathers diehards are holding out against that. that raises the second problem for the administration.
public rejection widespread public rejection this ban seen through protests and town hall meetings has been significant. so are trump and bannon saying we're not only going to pursue this action but risk alienating many american people and risk damaging america's image through the world by presenting this revised muslim ban. until we see the details we don't know how far they'll compromise. right now it appears this is an ongoing showdown. >> you it could come through anytime in the next few hours. scott lucas, thank you for the context. more on the president's executive order, this travel ban. ryan nobles reports president trump's team hopes this versioning will clear account hurdles that stalled the first. >> reporter: the newly revised executive order dealing with who can and cannot get into the united states could come as soon as monday. the new travel ban is expected to be more finely tuned than the
original. with the goal of avoiding legal hurdles like the first travel ban which is currently being held up in federal court. the new executive order is expected to exclude legal prmt residents and those currently holding visas. it's also expected to exclude language that prior tights refugee claims of certain religious minorities. this new executive order was expected to come out last week but after the president's successful joint address to congress, the white house decided to separate the announcement from the speech to give the executive order its own moment. what isn't clear is what happens to the old order. it's possible it could be revoked but sean sizer has said the two could continue on a dual track right up until the last minute, the administration is making tweaks to the order and sources say there is a debate among trump's advisers whether or not iraq should be removed from the list of muslim majority countries from which travel will
be cut off. one thing different will be the implementation of the order. homeland security secretary john kelley promised the new policy will be phased in as opposed to just immediately put into place. still immigration advocates are already staffing international airports around the country prepared to help those that may get caught up in the ban once implemented. ryan nobles, cnn, washington. do stay with us here on cnn newsroom where in london it's 20 past 7:00 in the morning. new york's governor has been in israel following a rash of anti-semitic incidents? the united states. we'll have the details just ahead. india is reacting to the shooting of a u.s. sikh. why it's being investigated as a hate crime as "cnn newsroom" continues. it'll be here in three...uh, four minutes. are you kidding me? no, looks like he took a wrong turn. don't worry, this guy's got like a four-star rating, we're good. his name is randy.
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be tolerated. aaron lieberman spoke with him during the trip. >> reporter: governor cuomo laying a wreath at the israeli holocaust museum, the lessons of the past relevant today. more than 100 bomb threats called into jewish community centers across the united states. headstones knocked over, new york has not been immune. last week, more than a dozen tombstones were toppled in a cemetery in rochester. it's being investigated as a hate crime. >> when you start demonizing differences it's a social cancer because now the body is feeding on itself and it has to be addressed forcefully, in my opinion and immediately. zero tolerance for racism, for discrimination. israeli politicians have watched the surge in the acts from afar taking the israeli tv and social media to speak out against anti-semitism in the united states maybe in netanyahu's
government stayed quiet till after president donald trump condemned anti-semitism most recently in a speech before congress. >> we are a country ta stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms. >> reporter: netanyahu who was quick to invite european jews to come to israel after attacks in paris has not once been critical of trump even as trump's adviser steve bannonen faces repeated accusations of anti-semitism. >> there is no greater supporter of the jewish people than president donald trump. we should put that to rest. >> netanyahu has urged caution and expressed optimism with the trump administration. the first time netanyahu has ever worked with a republican president. an opportunity too great for netanyahu to risk. even if it means overlooking criticism trump faces in his handling of a wave of anti-semitism. or lynn lieberman, jerusalem. >> orrin, thank you so much.
here in the united states police are investigating another violent incident as a possible hate crime. a gunman allegedly said "go back to your country." then shot a sikh man outside of his home near seattle, washington on friday. the victim is a u.s. citizen originally though from india. he's recovered from his injury and police are now hunting for his attacker. cnn's new delhi bureau chief joins us live this hour. it's good to have you. what more are you hearing from reaction there in india, the reaction in india is oh, no, not again. this happened just a week ago, a very similar incident where two indian engineers were at a bar in kansas and an american walked in and questioned them about their immigration status and ended up shooting them saying get out of my country. those two engineers, one of them was killed, the other was shot and has recovered.
this were immigrants on h1b work visas. this latest case in washington, the person shot was an american citizen which you know, if anything makes it all the more galling he was told to get out of the country when he's already taken the oath of allegiance and america is his country. here in india, all of these cases put together are, they're beginning to mount and beginning to add to fears about how safe indians can be in the united states. just to remind you, indians have a long association with the united states. there's a lot of, you know, migration from here to there and the other way around. a lot of tourism. about 166,000 indian students study in the united states. many more indians work there. here in new delhi, you'll find a number who know who know someone in america or have family in america. this hits close to home. india's foreign minister saying she spoke with the victim's father. she's concerned. indian officials were in the
united states last week to meet with white house officials about immigration, they're concerned, as well. this is an issue being taken very seriously here in india, even though the victim of the washington shooting was an american citizen, but has indian origin is a matter of concern here ravi, he was allegedly told to get out of this country. it is his country. ravi agrawal, thank you for the reporting. president trump returns tourns washington after making explosive allegations. we'll look at the legal aspects of his unsubstantiated wiretapping claims. coming up this hour, russia's enthusiasm for president donald trump seems to be cooling off. our report live from moscow just ahead.
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here in the united states and around the world. are you watching cnn newsroom. it's good to have you with us. i'm george howell in atlanta. >> i'm hannah jones live in london. the top stories we're following this hour, the u.s., japan and south korea have put north korea on notice for launching four laistic missiles. japan's prime minister says three landed in the country's exclusive economic zone. the launch comes as the u.s. and south korea hold joint military exercises. making it very clear he will not give up his bid for the french presidency. he says no one can stop him from being a candidate. his republican party means monday to discuss what it calls a respectful exit plan. he's been accuses of misusing public money which he denies. u.s. president donald trump is poised to sign a new version
of his controversial travel ban first issued back in january. several administration officials are pressing for iraq's removal from the list of countries included in the original ban. mr. trump could sign the updated executive order within the coming hours. in another of our top stories this hour, the fbi is now calling on the justice department to publicly reject president donald trump's unsubstantiated claim that his phones were wiretapped last year on orders of the former president barack obama. almost trump made that allegation again without offering any evidence and is now asking for a kong o congressional investigation. mr. obama's former director of national intelligence flatly denied the charge. listen. >> i will say that for the part of the national security apparatus that i oversaw as dni, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time or
as a candidate or against his campaign. i can't speak for other title 3 authorized entities in the government or a state or local entnight i was going to say, if the fbi, for instance had, a fisa court order for surveillance, would that be information you would know or not know? >> yes. >> you would be told this. >> i would know that. >> if there was an order on something like this. >> yes, something like there, absolutely. >> at this point you can't confirm or deny whether it exists? >> i can deny it. >> there is no fisa court order. >> not to my knowledge. >> of anything at trump tower. >> no. >> i spoke earlier with cnn legal analyst and criminal defense attorney joey jackson about where the fbi request now goes from here. let's talk about this from a legal perspective. the nation's top attorney has recused himself from any investigations that deal with russia. now the fbi is asking that department to knock down these
claims from the president of the united states from a legal point of view, first of all, how does it work and who leads now? >> well, what will happen is this. there's been an accusation that obama has in fact ordered or did order wiretapping as to trump. it the point of the matter is that the president doesn't have the unilateral authority, no president to order such wiretapping. that would come from the fbi. now, the fbi wouldn't do it alone. they would have to apply for a warrant with a federal judge. a federal judge would have to determine there's probable cause to believe something is amiss. in the event that happens, the judge issued the warrant. at this point, you're going to see congress investigate everything including what, if anything, happened concerning trump's campaign in russia and what, if anything, the obama administration did concerning that. did they intervene in any way. i think you'll see congress in the coming months and weeks looking at this issue very closely. >> joey, legally, when you're in a courtroom, you deal in a world
of facts and you know, there's evidence to back up those facts in court. this is an allegation that was floated on twitter without any evidence to support it by the president of the united states. your take on that? >> that's very dangerous. that is, listen, we all can make accusations. the president has his views. congress people can have their views and you as and chore can have your views, i can have mine. >> i always keep those views out with the news because it's just our job to report. but yeah, your point? >> so in the final analysis, you know, it's what factually is correct. it's going to be up to i believe the congress when they make a determination and otherwise investigate to find out what happened. but think about this. when you have the fbi director who is in fact in charge of those investigations saying that this didn't happen, it leads you to believe that what trump said isn't factually accurate because
if anyone would know if there was an underlying investigation or a warrant was applied for, it would be the fbi. so ultimately, it just, the tweet in and of itself raises many concerns. >> cnn legal analyst joey jackson for us in los angeles. joey, we appreciate your insight. thank you. >> thank you, george. donald trump's wiretapping claim will expand the congressional investigation of russia's alleged interference in the u.s. presidential election. cnn's friedrich flight again joins me live from moscow. midmorning where you are. so much for the era of improved relations between the u.s. and russia. i'm wondering what the view is from moscow in terms of any kind of future collaboration, cooperation with washington. >> you know, there certainly is a certain dooeg of disappointments in moscow at the first couple of months of the trump administration where many thought that relations between the u.s. and russia could move
forward very quickly for a certain period of time. but in the past couple days, you've had several russian officials say look, we think some of this could take longer than we thought. there was the prime minister of this country, medvedev who came out over the weekend who said at this point it doesn't appear as though for instance the lifting of sanctions is something that could be on the able anytime soon. and it's interesting to see how there are some russians a bit disappointed at the president himself, at donald trump. there are also those many of those in high positions here in russian who say look, they don't believe that this is the president's fault. there is for instancedy mit tritt keisel i don't have who came out and said look at there point in time, it's almost a toxic issue for donald trump to be speaking about russia. he said that and i quote that trump had been pinned down by the establishment to a point where it was almost impossible for him to even speak about russia without it being a
controversy. then this morning, you had pushkov, a senior lawmaker here in this country went out on twitter and he said what's going on currently in america speaking around the whole controversy around the russian ambassador, he's saying that is something that does not make america shine. there is a certain degree of disappointment. at the same time, you don't see that pinned on the personality of president trump himself just yet. >> disappointment and confusion, as well. i'm wondering if there's glee going on as the kremlin watches the events unfold in washington. it's hard to know how to work with a man who is as unpredictable as president trump. >> reporter: well, yeah, i think that's absolutely the case. at this point in time and you hear that in comments from russian officials. they still have what they call a wait and see attitude. pes could be, the spokesman for putin last week said, at this point in time we don't necessarily see cooperation moving forward but we're still
full of patience waiting to see whether or not that will lap. is that going to happen in certain areas and not in areas, both the trump administration and russian administration have said there are topics where there could potentially be cooperation. there are certain other areas where the two sides are very much at logger leads and very much apart. the big problem at this point in time and you hear that in russian media is the fact no one knows what to expect from the trump administration and at this point in time, it's difficult to see whether or not there is any sort of policy especially with all issues that have come up surrounding all of these sidebar things going on like for instance, those problems with the russian ambassador with some of those meetingsings, the fact the national security adviser had to step down that, jeff sessions for his part had to recuse himself from any sort of investigations. all of this people believe here is stopping neg new sort of fundamental policy change from
moving forward, hannah. >> fred pleitgen live from smoggy looking moscow at the moment. coming up to 2:2: 11. >> the russian media is dialing back coverage of the trump white house. as fred pointed out a moment ago, the view from the kremlin is less than euphoric. nick robertson reports the russian president putin may be changing his tone toward the new administration in washington, d.c. >> reporter: around the u.s. election, donald trump fever hit moscow. his likeness on sale in the shadow of the kremlin and plenty of facetime in russian media. >> he ordered putin ordered the state-controlled media, particularly television in russia, to be more friendly toward the trump administration. >> reporter: veteran commentatortrennen says trump's
popularity in moscow was overdone. >> i think there was a lot of hype in the u.s. media about the relationship, about the bromance. i don't know where people got that from. >> reporter: if there was a bromance, the last 40 days have cooled the ar door. >> i love to negotiate things. i do it really well. and all that stuff. but it's possible i won't be able to get along with putin. >> reporter: then came the tum mut over who in the trump camp met the russian ambassador and why. media vandalism say officials in moscow. >> stop spreading lies and false news. >> reporter: and some hard line comments by u.s. officials on russia's seizure of crimea and its pleding in ukraine. >> i must condemn the aggressive actions of russia in a quick scan of newspapers here reveals a lot less trump and a lot more putin and reflects frustrations at the kremlin of what officials describe as an emotionally
charged atmosphere in washington and mixed signals from the new administration. but also full of questions, the increase president trump wants in u.s. defense spending, $54 billion, that is as much as the entire russian defense budget. moscow also wants an understanding over syria. but doesn't know what it's going to get. some expect old rivalries to win out. >> the differences between vested interests and moscow and washington are too important especially with the military industrial complexes on both sides. >> maybe expectations were too high. >> what the russians wanted from the u.s. in ideally would have apartmented to a foreign policy revolution in the u.s. something not to be had. >> the history of the relationship has always been one of twists and turns. but the view from moscow looks
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down the road at the main assembly point, truck after truck arrives with the weary and the shell shocked. children scared and disoriented in. the confusion. others need help every step of the way. while soldiers search for the parents of lost children. we left at night at 2:00 says humid adding that isis snipers fired at his family as they left. weary of isis infiltrators iraqui troops quickly separate the men and boys from the women and girls. first frisking them, then checking identity cards against a database of isis members and sympathizers. brigadier general of the iraqi counter-terrorism service says every day they weed out five or six isis suspects.
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we've got the warm most air which is pulling the gulf moisture upward. and as a result, those temperatures behind the front can be 30s and we watched temperatures out ahead of it will be in the 70s and 80s, in areas all the way down into texas, think about 16 million people just kind of stairing down at least a slight risk of severe weather. that orange shaded area that's the enhanced risk, that's about 2 and a half million people and into little rock arkansas. what can they expect, well might be an isolated tornado, might could see maybe some high winds, also the potential for some large size hail. now march isn't in the thick of tornado season, but we go back to january, 20 fatalities during the month of january, most of those in south georgia for an out break of tornadic activity. we have to go towards april, may, june, those are kind of the
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ahead this hour, president trump and the fbi at odds over the president's claim that his phones were wiretapped by the obama administration. we'll have the latest on where this investigation is headed. >> north korea facing strong condemnation after that country fired four ballistic missiles we have reaction from the united states and are live in seoul and tokyo. and in our freedom project series, we take you to a school in hong kong what life is like for the millions forced to work in sweat shops. >> we'll welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the