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♪ youb. >> it's day two of u.s. president donald trump's visit to saudi arabia. he's just hours away from a major speech on u.s.-muslim relations. we will give that to you live from riyadh. also, old rail terrified this story of a woman in mosul. tense of thousands struggle to escape the violence there as the battle rages on into its final phase. moderates prevail in iran. the iranian president wins a
second term. >> we are live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta. i'm george howell. >> i'm fall la newton, you are watching cnf "newsroom." -- cnn "newsroom." >> day two there of u.s. president donald trump's ambitious foreign trip. you can say that again, ambitious to the middle east and europe, the first of his presidency. now, he is still in saudi arabia. he has already met with several middle eastern leaders. they include egypt's president seen with mr. trump here. >> now, later the president is set to have one of the key moments of his visit. that's when he will give a speech on combating radical extremism. also interesting, given the president's heavy use of twitter. president trump will be taking part in a twitter forum with
saudi youth. our international diplomatic correspondent nec robertson joins us live. i can't resist, george brought it up. we're going with it a. twitter forum. please explain. then we'll move on. >> reporter: some may say made to measure for president trump, given his proclivity for using twitter. the idea here is that trump comes here within he's had his bilateral meeting with the bahraini king and he said he's going to go visit soon in egypt. his meeting in speaking to all these lieaders. the idea is this tweets he is attending, 20 minutes, young people will be asking questions on twitter is to reach the arab population. let's not forget, in the arab region, the vast, vast x vast majority of the population are young people under the age of
30. the idea is president trump will reach out and communicate not to them but with them. okay, it's a short event. 20 minutes. okay. it looks like a bit of theater, if you will. but in these types of events, such acts like this are supposed to communicate a more broader message, an engagement not just in the people of this region. that's what it's about, paula. >> it will be about the trump administration bring up human rights. he met with the bem people of bahrain. people say if we talk about human rights, the trump administration says it's completely off the table. is anyone trying to massage that message anyway or completely unapologetic about it? >> two messages here, economic and security t. message is make relationships with the region, it will make the economy more secure. we we heard about 50 billion
worth of jobs, billion worth of deals signed here, $10 billion on arm ament. another on developing power plants by general electric. the answer is that what trump wants to do is push that message of he can deliver for america first, make it safe and get jobs back home. so the issue of human rights is not something that's even taking a caller at this stavenlth it's not being discussed publicly. we don't know what is being said behind doors. if we take our insights from what president trump said when he met with the king of bahrain. he said in the past, the administration the relationship with bahrain, which is where the fifth leader is harbored, it has been strength. he didn't say the nature of the strength. we do know, no tensions with the obama relationship over human rights issues. so his saying that going forward, the relationship is not going to be strained.
so we don't now the nuance about that. that's the way the message is being delivered. i think we can take an interpretation of that. >> we will get to that speech finally. when we talked about the obama speech, some of the word of obama, america is not and never will be at war with islam. as much as we were expecting president trump to be delivering a divergent speech, some advisers say you will hear more consilliaition from donald trump in just a few hours. what do you think? >> reporter: this is the guy that had so much if you will anti-movement record. he's in the cradle of islam. he faced it by the king here in saudi arabia. if he strays into the language that he used on the campaign trail, even a tiny little bit in trying to deliver his message, which is we'd like the leaders gathered to pro po mote a more
peaceful vision of islam, to radical extremism. which is a part of his message at home. he wants the leaders to support the united states in taking down isis and the global threat. that's the u.s. national security priority number one is to make the homeland secure and diminish threats from isis and skaed al qaeda f. he strains into that in this nuance speech, it's likely to go down well. the impression i get here, there is one message at home to the audience in the united states and there will be a much softer interpretation of that here, because clearly on president trump's mind as he mentioned this morning after his bilateral meeting and as he did yesterday, it's jobs, jobs, jobs, he talked with qatarist about defense contracts, the importance of that, jobs, jobs, jobs, that may take a priority over delivering
a perhaps tougher and potential will more precarious building relationships in the region, a tougher message on isis and islam. >> certainly a lot on that speech. you are watching it live. we appreciate it. >> for more analysis on mr. trump's trip, let's bring in a professor of international politics at city university in london. it's good to have you with us this hour, sir. so let's talk about the optics of the president's vis so it far. we seen the president signing onto the deal, saying it will result in american jobs, also looking to hit the reset button with the muslim era world. from your van tage point so far, is it working? >> well, it's very difficult to say if it's working. i think what we can say is this is a far cry from the whole message if you like not only on islam and muslims but on candidate trump's world older
here in the campaign. he was not going to meddle in the middle east. he was going to reject nato as obsolete and so on. what we have seen is he is coming to line. there will be a disciplining of donald trump. i think probably that's partly to do with when you get into power in the united states, then america is involved in the world. it's very difficult to extricate. he is now finding america is interdependent with the rest of the world, too. so that means a kconsilliatetor message, especially in that twitter form you were mentioning. >> stand by with me as we look at video here. this is video from a bit earlier, video of president trump with the kung of braurn. again, president trump has been meeting with many leaders there. there is a very important meeting. seen as a reset for the united states with many of the leaders
in the muslim-arab world. also considering the different donald trump we are seeing now compared to candidate trump, a candidate trump who used language regarding islam, muslims many considered to be insults, considered to be extreme. again, we are seeing a more nuanced dump having important high level meetings this hour and more meetings to come for sure. now, looking ahead, here's the thing so the next stop is is ram. keeping in mind the president got very sharp criticism for sharing classified information. we now know from reporting it came from israel. do you expect he will be received there well as we see he is being received in saudi arabia? >> that's a very good question. it's very difficult for me to answer that. i think the bahraini versus not been very happy. around they have done their homework with president trump and candidate trump as to the kind of a style he has. he is actually back on the idea
of moving the u.s. embassy to jerusalem as well. so i think there is going to be. there is a bit growing back there, too. i think israel and donald trump will have changes. they will also be concerned in the way in which donald trump has gone back on the one or two other things. but on the other hand, you can say that the overall picture of america's relationships with the world taking aside president trump's unique style, actually the united states has continued to if you like effectively build a level of confidence in other countries, in other parts of the world. i think president trump has been against israel probably, being increasingly taped and disciplined. i do wonder sometimes whether or not the russia probe and the entire chaos around that issue, which is a part of the administration isn't a part of the disciplinary process, itself. >> let's talk about that, there is a lot happening in washington
there, various investigations under way, not to mention a special counsel looking into these issues. so many leaks coming from the white house, it's hard to tell what could come next bond d monday, do they continue to cast a long shadow on the president abroad or is he, in fact, turning the page here? >> well, i think president donald trump has discovered what probably most presidents discover shortly after taking office the domestic political system and environment is very, very difficult to control. it is extremely difficult to control the narrative, difficult to control all the people who oppose you in having been elected in the first place. they discover foreign policy and national security is something they can have a far greater level of control t. world stage offers them sort of primary position to build something. i think president trump has discovered that. but the key issue is he has been embroiled in this foreign policy
related question about russia and i'm not sure how much evidence there is there at the moment or whether the saga will end very soon, but it's quite clear that is embroiling the domestic, the dissident program or diverting it and i think that could have long-term political effects. but in the end, the discussions about impeachment and that kind of thing i think are far too premature. we have yet to see any real concrete evidence and my own view which i think is developing, like everybody else, we are still trying to grasp what is going on, is that this is a unique moment where the democratic party is pillaring the president for taking stance with their disagreement with foreign policy and almost accusing him of being aiding a foreign power. this is normally a tactic used by more right wing political parties when the other party wins office, suggesting that they are either agents of the pope or agents of moscow or free
mainss or some other conspiracy theory. i think the democrats need to have a look at why they lost the election in 2016, reflect on that and possibly accept the fact that they did lose for very legitimate reasons and they need to reflect what they are doing at the moment. all they seem to be doing is embroiling this president in a series of crises, at least, with the hope they will be able to harness the electorate in 2018 or 2020 the fallout of it. >> thank you so much for your time and also we will let our viewers know as we were talking, we are seeing video here on the other side of the screen, this video of the president of egypt beside donald trump earlier. we saw mr. trump with leadership from qatar. we are watching these clips come in from riyadh, saudi arabia, many visits with leadership there.
so we'll continue to show you these video clips as they come into our newsroom. but thank you for your insight. we will stay in touch with you as well. >> now, donald trump continues to go through the bilaterals going on in saudi arabia. back in walk the political turmoil caused be i the firing of fbi director james comey, no, you guessed it, no signs of dying down. russia's foreign minister says the u.s. president never spoke to him about the firing despite reports to the contrary. >> reporter: russia's top diplomat has denied there was any discussion of the firing of james comey at that somewhat controversial meeting that sergei lavrov had with president trump at the oval office may 10th, the day after he was fired by president trump. lavrov, according to russia's news agency, says that subject was not touched. >> that fits a broader pattern where the kremlin basically
denies many of the embarrassing reports and leaks that have come out in the u.s. media about not only more recent meetings with president trump but also reports of connections between and allegation of connections between the trump campaign and the kremlin in a runoff to the november 2016 election. there is also another interesting trend is that the flowing coverage of president trump in the first weeks after the election and the inauguration, that has lagely disappeared from the heavily kremlin influenced front pages of russian newspapers from the top of the news bulletins on russia television. it's largely disappeared. however, despite continuing friction over u.s. and russian policy in syria and in eastern europe and allegations of russian hacking of previous u.s. election and the french election and harsh words from top
officials in the u.s. government towards russia, the kremlin continues to basically refer to trump with a bit of respect and that respect is recipro indicated from the u.s. president as well. they are avoiding, directly criticizing each other. even though their subordinates often engage in mutual criticism. ivan watson, cnn, moscow. >> ivan watson, thanks, for the reporting. still ahead, thousands of civilians in mosul, iraq. they are risking their lives against the fighting against isis. we catch on camera the traumatizing and dangerous news. nobody does underwater stunts, sylvia. except me, of course. this is my stop. adios! ♪ if you're a stuntman, you cheat death.
>> iraqi forces say they are getting close to taking over all the western forces, as we seen for months now, thousands are risking their lives to get away from that fighting. >> for many it's traumatizing at the very least. our senior international correspondent ben wedeman is in mosul as the army advances with this story. take a look. >> reporter: hurry, don't stop the soldier shouts.
but not everyone can hurry. they fled their homes in west mosul the 17th of july neighborhood. traumatized by weeks of bombardment, they've reached the iraqi lines under fire, it's hot, they're hungry, thirsty and exhausted. this 80-year-old woman barely able to comprehelped her surroundin surroundings. -- comprehend her surroundings. he fled with his family for weeks on a thin gruel of flour and water. his wife suffering from diabetes
can go no further. much of western mosul is a city in shambles, a perilous baron moon scape of rubble and dust. >> that car bomb went off over there about half an hour ago. the iraqi army dropped leaflets over western mosul warning residents any moving vehicle in the battle zone will be considered a potential car bomb and will be hit. soldiers from the army's 16th division prepared to move forward, tacking prisoners is not a part of their mission. god willing, we'll capture them alive, he also the me, then execute them in front of the civil yaps. these two isis snipers killed
just hours before had raised a white flag. for the brigadier general of the elite saudi terrorism forces, this is a struggle to the death. now they have no other option than to fight, he tells me, other than that, to surrender, he chooses to fight. they are under constant intense bombardment, but in there still power hundreds of you tos of desperate residents. as the civilians retreat, those independent helpless people is their only protection, says this captain. safe ground is still far away.
>> thank you for that report. >> after three years in captivity, dozens of nigeria's missing school girls are finally home. songs of singing, and dancing erupted as school girls reunited with their family and friends. >> yeah, there are scenes that families have waited so long for. they were released earlier this month in a negotiated exchange with boka haram. one father as you can imagine could barely contain his joy. >> i am very excited, very happy. i cannot over emphasize how i feel. i am just laughing in my heart. all the family, because of happiness and joy that one i
thank the federal government. >> the returned girls are among the 276 school girls kidnapped from chibok village in 2015. more than 100 girls are believed to be in captivity. in sedan, they are fuelling a rapidly growing refugee crisis in east africa. >> every day some 2,000 people flee south sudan to arrive in uganda. >> that country is struggling to cope with it. >> reporter: the crowd pushes forward. they have moved down the columns, searching for names and registration numbers. each day the list of refugees in uganda grows longer, nearly 1 million now as the young and old in south sudan free a country of famine and increasingly targeted
killings. this 17-year-old is alone. their village was attacked, neighbors were killed. her parents told their heavily pregnant daughter to run, soon they will follow. but for now it is a blessing to have the baby. born days earlier at the crossing in sudan. they will gin a new life here settling on her new plot of land, she tells us she will never return. she tells us she saw three people getting killed. they were slaughtered. >> how are you? >> it triggered a humanitarian push for south sudan. the doctor says, it isn't famine sending refugees streaming
across the saudi border. >> they are coming with a lot of injuries, secondary to the fighting the other side. >> secondary to what? >> they are cut. >> reporter: with big knives? >> yes, big knives. >> reporter: now uganda has the unenviable task of maintaining the largest refugee camp. because of policy of integrating into communities has been lauded, but in sheer numbers, the system is at its breaking point. >> uganda alone cannot show this. >> it's a massive responsibility. >> because the population of the country. >> now you have a million representatives. >> so it becomes -- >> reporter: later in the day, the foot traffic rarely stops.
we will be free tomorrow says victor patrick, who uses his prized motorcycle to ferry goods for refugees looking to escape. >> how many people did you see? >> many people are coming. to cross here? >> yes, the event. >> because there is nowhere else. >> no way out. if you are still there. he says only stories of loss cross this border. where even the very young are mocked by conflict. >> they thamd her sukula. what does that mean? >> she was born from the war. >> reporter: cnn, northern uganda.
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uganda. welcoming my viewers back here in the united states and around the world. president donald trump in riyadh, saudi arabia, you see him arriving at 11:31 in the morning to the gulf cooperation council that will be joined by the arab islamic partners. many different leaders there coming together to meet with the president during his first international trip. >> yeah, this is where we are expecting to hear later on from donald trump that all important address that he is going to make to those muslim nations and this really, saudi arabia really has billed this as bringing in their guest, donald trump, as you see there right now with the saudi king and bringing him into the fold in what is an exclusively muslim gathering, lots of eyes on this, george in terms of what he will say. extraordinary pictures we are looking at right now. again, this has not been done.
>> again, haul u paula to your point, what will he say? on the ground right now jeremy diamond is following events. it's good to have you with us. we are looking at live images, i may interrupt from time to time. but the president walking into this large hall again with the saudi king. as paula pointed out the big question is, what will he say is being seen as a reset with the united states and the muslim world. what is expected in this all important speech? >> reporter: well you know the president seems to be guping with a reset with the muslim world. as you will recall during the campaign the president was often criticized for what many saw as islam joe, -- islamophobic red rick t. president seems to be willing at least to move past
those comments. he is being greeted. he is given a king's welcome in saudi arabia, which is home to islam's two holiest sites in the world. certainly the saudi foreign minister yesterday signaling he hopes president trump will reset relations, he hopes the president's speech will allow them the united states and the muslim world to move from the relationship of entity to one of cooperation. there is very few details so far on what exactly the president will say today. but a draft of his speech has signaled so far that he is not going to say the words radical islamic terror, which of course the president has said often, particularly on the campaign trail, even since becoming president, that is a phrase many in the muslim world feel is not positive and not encouraging to the positive conversation given the fact that it ties this with the islam with the actual reli religion, certainly we will see if he makes that real outreach
that is needed to bring the muslim world towing, to go ahead and combat the radical islamists who come in the form of isis and other terrorist groups, of course. if he is making this outreach today, it is because he wants many of these predominantly muslim countries to join the united states in the fight against isis, which is a top priority for his administration. >> jeremy, stand by with me for a moment. let's reset here in the u.s., you are looking at live images, these are not taped at 11:35 in the morning. in riyadh, saudi arabia. this is day two for donald trump on his first international trip again sitting beside the king of saudi arabia, again, this is for the gulf cooperation council meeting ahead of the big speech he will give. to the point of the speech, jeremy, bringing you back in.
this is a speech we understand has been drafted, proposed by steven miller on the president's team. even miller, himself, has been criticized for having ilamophobic views, there is no question he will raise that phrase, islamic terror. as candidate trump, he criticized president obama for not using that term. you are saying that will not be used in this upcoming speech? >> reporter: at least according to one draft of the speech t. administration and top aides have made clear the draft of the speech is changened and reworked up to the last minute. we don't exactly know. they are leaving us hanging on that question. you mentioned steven politicaler, what is interesting here the president is not only facing the test of what his words are now versus what his words were during the campaign, he is facing the many, the
billions of muslims around the world who will listen to the president's speech this afternoon will have to also confront the fact that this is a president whose administration is continuing to defend in u.s. federal court the travel ban, which is president stated against seven muslim majority countries and many critics have called this essentially the muslim ban that the president called for during the campaign. so just as he is trying to reset relations with the muslim world, he is going to contend his administration is defending a ban that many in the muslim world still view as offensive and potentially counterproductive to the u.s. efforts to collaborate and to confront these islamist terrorist groups like isis. >> another question here coming to you in a moment. again, let's take a lock at these images, if we could listen in for a moment to see if we hear anything that's happening. let's listen in together. okay again, nothing to hear at
this point. looking at these live images, 11:37 in the morning there in riyadh, saudi arabia. the president of the united states sitting besides saudi leadership. the king of saudi arabia, king solomon, jeremy dimon is on the ground to give us context. do you get a sense from members of mr. trump's team? i know you have been in contact the your source there is, are they pleased with the optics so far, with his visit to saudi arabia, how are they balanceing what they have to have with these concerns, concerns about the various controversy that continue to gain traction here in the states? >> reporter: well, so far, you know the president's team seems very pleased with the way this visit has unrolled so far. you know the president has received essentially a king's welcome in the king dom of saudi arabia. so that is certainly something that he is enjoying, himself. you know as we saw yesterday, the president was greeted not
once but twice by king solomon of saudi arabia, first at the airport. then again at the royal court, where the president arrived yesterday for a series of meetings and just as we were trying to look at these images, the fact that we haven't we heard much words. the president uttered few words, what matters is seeing the president with the lavish greeting that he is getting, seeing the saudi king, who is, of course, the custodian of the two holly mosques here in saudi arabia, sitting with the president, talking with him, laughing with him. this is all a part of that muslim reset that they're seeking, again, you point to those controversies back home t. president this welcome he is getting is a welcome he might not perhaps get in washington at the moment, where he is facing this swirl of conversatitrovers
with the campaign associates and their compact with the campaign particularly if you look at this fbi investigation which now has a special independent counsel overseeing that investigation to ensure that there is no interference from the president or his administration in that investigation. so things are continuing to heat up in washington. here in saudi arabia, where the temperature is kicking up past 100, 110 degrees the president is feeling pretty cool, calm and checked as he is having there lavish reception from the saudi king. we seen him in a series of bilateral meetings with muslim leaders from the region, who have been encouraged to see this president. again, a president who has talked and the need to confront iran in particular which is a concern for the saudis in the region. >> there's the other thing, you
point out what matters the images, the optic, what matters the speech, what will he say? what's next? we understand the president will be saying to israel, then on to europe. in israel, jeremy the question, how will he be received there? again, a short time ago, he received a great deal of criminal for sharing critical classified information reportedly from israel. how will he be received in israel and the question, how will he be received in europe, where he has more critics? >> reporter: well, you know so far with regards to the christopher in israel, israeli officials said there is nothing amiss. their relationship is as strong as ever. question know president netanyahu was encouraged by president trump's decision during the campaign. but we have to see exactly how the president takes this campaign rhetoric and puts it into policy as he arrives there, he said so far in his few months in office, he hopes to make a
deal between the israelis and the palestinians, something the president has of course tried and failed to do. but this president said it will be once again a top priority for his administration and however, what he said during the campaign was, for example, he would recognize jerusalem as israel's capital. he would move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem from tel aviv. now we have learned in just the last week that the president doesn't intend to the that to make those moves during the trip at least. they're not swearing it off for the future. certainly it's not happening during this visit. we have seen some tensions rising between certain low level trump administration officials near the western wall saying that that doesn't belong to israel. of course, that is in jerusalem, with i is disputed territory still at least in terms of what the internew york convention say. he will be meeting not only with
benjamin netanyahu of president abbas of the palestinian authority. we have to see if he can make headway there. from there, he will have a series of high leveled powered diplomatic sessions, first in brussels, where he'll meet with leaders of the nato military alliance. then he will go to sicily, which is hosting the g7 summit of the seven most advanced economies in the world. and during those meetings, this will be the president's first chance to be gathered in the room with six of the most powerful leaders of the world. of course, the g7 was previously the g8. russia has not been invited but certainly will be a key topic of conversation there. >> white house reporter jeremy dimon live in riyadh, saudi arabia, where it is 11:43 in the morning. thanks for the reporting and context. again, you are looking at these live images presently this
overshot view of where president trump is having this meeting, paula, having this meeting in a very opulent setting with saudi leadership. >> important to know here. there is a lot of dead time there. his schedule is jam packed. he didn't get much sleep on air force one. not to be lost on anyone how ambitious this trip really is. if you have medicare
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again breaking news we are following here in the cnn newsroom about north korea. >> that nation has fired some tief of projectile, unclear what it is, this is according to south korean officials. this comes about a week after north korea successfully launched a missile that landed in the ocean. again, we are getting this information that north korea fired a projectile, unclear of what type of projectile at this point. this is all according to south
korean officials. we will stay on top of this story. obviously, very important, considering the latest acts, testing the missile capability. now, we go to iran. donald trump's visit is likely to be watched very closely there, especially after he found a second term as president, fred pleitgen joins us, fred so interesting here, in terms of seeing the way the re-elected president came out and said, look, we are ready for engagement, but he said, as long as it involves, in his words, no disrespect or what is he getting at there? >> reporter: well, i think what the iranians are saying, paula, that on the one hand he wants deeper engagement with the west, with europe with also the united states as well, that's a process he started when the obama
administration was in office. it led to a nuclear agreement between iran and u.s. and other world powers. it was supposed to bring sanctions relief. the iranians have said they're on track in curbing their nuclear ambitions and taking down the nuclear program. at the same time they're not satisfied with the way that sanctions relief is coming along, of course, especially now the trump administration in office, they see there is a harder line in washington and there is other sanctions lev individual on the iranians, essentially what he was saying is look on the one hand, we want good relations with other countries, with the united states as well, in fact, as the foreign minister, his aide gave a message saying they want better relations with saudi arabia, of course, iran's great adversary in this region. at the same time the iranians are very much adverse to coercion. >> that i will negotiate, but negotiate from a position of strength. they're not going to be strong armed into any sort of new
policy or policy shifts, especially in the greater middle eastern region, paula. >> it's so interesting he as a leader right now, a lot of what happens depends on economic revival and he might need the united states and the listing of sanctions. our fred pleitgen has been watching this thanks, for the update. appreciate it. >> we want to get back to this breaking news, north korea following some type of problem president is ile, unclear at this point. we know it landed in the ocean. let's bring in our correspondent alexander field joining us now by phone from seoul, south korea, what have you learn sodz far? >> reporter: another week, another launch, now officials are trying to figure out what this called say about their rapidly evolving missile program. for now, officials here in south korea, just confirming that a projectile was launched. it appears it was launched from the same area where we saw it,
in april, it was exploded over land. >> that is considered a failure. george, let's be clear. this is about a dozen ballistic missile atempts, north korea pulled off since the start of the year for the trump administration. south korea elected a new person shy of a week ago. you have to deal we are sponding to a confrontation of north korea, now it's in the second week, another provocation. again, we know very little about projectile that was launched. officials want to look at what kind of missile this could have been, how far it could have traveled and whether or not the test was a success. if this was a success, it comes on the heel of a highly successful just last week when a missile was launched closer to russia than japan, which is a break from what we have seen from the recent missile tests. that was a missile officials say traveled higher and went farther and it was seen by many analysts
as a bold step forward, an important step towards the long goal of north korea, which is developing intercontinental ballistic missile. the term nuclear warheads in the u.s. we have we heard north korean officials. that was in repeat months, found they continued open the basis that they are working to get a working icbm, every technos an opportunity for them to learn more in terms of developing their own program. it is also, of course, an opportunity for the world to learn more about what their capably is. so we should be hearing more from officials as they try to analyze the trajectory of the projectile launched today from north korea. >> alexander field on the phone from seoul, north korea. north korea firing an unidentified projectile, at this point we understand it landed in the ocean. we will bring you updates from
. we are following breaking news this hour out of north korea. >> that nation firing some type of projectsile, still unclear at this point exactly what type pyongyang has launched. we are getting there information from south korean officials. this come, keep in mind, a week after north korea successfully launched a missile that landed in the ocean. we have a correspondent in seoul, south korea, who is following the story as well a. very important story we are keeping an eye on. >> alexander field is on top of it. she will join us live in a few moments, for this hour, that's all from this hour of "newsroom." >> i'm george howell the news continues right after the break.