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north korea saying it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. earlier in a televised announcement, kim jong un ordered the test. it may have landed in japan's exclusive economic zone. south korea says it landed in the waters east of the korean peninsula after traveling some 930 kilometers or some 600 miles. president trump reacted on twitter. north korea just launched another missile. does this guy have anything better to do with his life? hard to believe that south korea and japan will put up with this much longer. perhaps china will put a heavy move on north korea and ends this nonsense once and for all. cnn is following this developing story with our correspondents in the region. paula hon cox in sole. and from tokyo and andrew stevens is in hong kong. but paula, first to you. take us through the vital
statistics here on what we know. >> well, max, north korea has claimed it has a successful test of an icbm, an international continental ballistic missile. there was an announcement a half hour ago. th triumphantly by a news anchor say that the order for this test came directly from the north korean leader kim jong un, and he was at the test site as well when it was tested. we did see on north korean television a photo of the north korean leader signing something. we assumed that was the test order. that's something we have seen north korea do in the past as welsh and then showing an image of his signature. it also says that it was conducted at 9:00 a.m. pyongyang time. so that's about four and a half hours ago. now the missile traveled for 39 minutes for just over 930 kilometers. the altitude just over 2,800 kilometers. now as far as north korea is
concerned, it has successfully test fired an icbm. experts now going through those numbers, trying to figure out if technically it is an icbm. but they are saying that it is a historic rooeevent for north ko north korea saying with this icbm they can hit anywhere in this world. this is a north korean claim that they can hit anywhere in the world. certainly experts will be looking to see how far the exact range would be for that, though. and also saying that north korea is a nuclear state and will defend its nation against u.s. threats. so this will be of course great concern to all countries in the region. it will be of great concern to the united states as well, max. the fact that north korea claims it does have an icbm. >> this is something donald trump said he would never let happen, isn't it? and south korea being the u.s. key ally in that region, what are they saying about this? >> well, we had a reaction from
before the north korean claim from the president moon jae-in, the south korean president just after he had a national security council meeting. and he is the one that really first officially alerted the fact that it could have been an icbm, saying that's what the military was looking at. he said if that's the case, then south korea would look for appropriate action. now we don't know what that appropriate action is at this point. it's difficult to see what more south korea would be able to do beyond maybe sanctions going to the yankees security council, asking for another resolution, asking for tighter sanctions. but we've certainly heard in recent days from president moon when he was this washington meeting with president trump of the united states that he wanted north korea to come back to the negotiating table. during his statement in front of the world's media, while standing next to the u.s. president, he had a direct call to north korea saying come back to the negotiating table. it's difficult to see how that
would be possible now given the fact they have done an icbm test. but president moon also saying he was disappointed that this came just a few days after that summit, but saying there would be appropriate action. we simply don't know what that is at this point. max? >> okay. let's go to tokyo and speak to keori. what sort of response are you getting from them there? what sort of reactions do they want in response to this? >> well, a strong protest from the prime minister and the japanese government this morning regarding this latest missile launch in north korea, and the language used by the japanese prime minister shinzo abe has been noticeably strong, call it a clear sign that the threat from north korea is increasing. growing frustration amongst the leaders here from within the japanese cabinet, particularly because this missile launch comes just a day after telephone conversation between the prime
shinzo abe and the u.s. president, donald trump, trying to present a united front, and trying to present that cooperation is intact to try and deter north korea from conducting these missile tests. and i think the timing, of course, as the leaders head out to hamburg for the g20 meeting, of course, noticed of course of importance. and the prime minister saying that he would go to the g20 this week. and call for more what he called constructive action from both countries like china and russia to try and contain this crisis. so i think a great sense of alarm and frustration here in japan, especially if it did land in the exclusive economic zone, which is about 370 kilometers off the coast of the western shores of japan. not the least of which, because it is frequented by ships and aircraft in the region. so a very strong response. and a quick response today from
the japanese leaders -- leader regarding this north korean missile launch. >> is it likely that japan would support u.s. military action against north korea? >> i think it's far early to say. but as you know, the u.s.-japan alliance, the security alliance is the bedrock of japan's security, national security agenda. so i think since the u.s. president came into office, the prime minister shinzo abe has made it clear that he wants to provide a very united front, that its cooperation is intact. and i think japan has tried to play the role of a mediator, because so many nations are involved in this area at a very critical stage. >> well, thank you for that. and all eyes really on that u.s. reaction. but also crucially the chinese reaction. because andrew, it's probably true to say, isn't it, that donald trump is going to say china needs to step up now. >> it would be very surprising
if he said something different, max. and china as yet has not made a public comment about the launch, and b, the news that north korea is claiming it's an icbm. all along china has said very clearly that, a, it does want to see a denuclearized korean peninsula. and b, the best way forward is through dialogue. that's not what donald trump has been talking about. he is saying that china needs to step up on the economic front. and mr. trump is right in that china continues to hold the key to pressure on north korea. so much more than any other country, just because of its economic relationship. it's got 90% of north korea's foreign trade, just to give you an idea how important it is. china will say we're doing everything under the sanctions which have been laid out by the united nations. we are being a party to that. so don't expect us to go beyond that it now comes down to dialogue. interestingly, the new
ambassador from china to the united nations was speaking less than 24 hours ago about dialogue. just listen to what he had to say, max. >> we have never stopped working on various parties so that dialogue and negotiations can take place to get us on the track of resolving the problems. of denuclearization and peace and stability on the korean peninsula. we cannot afford to wait for too long without dialogue taking place to see the situation having the possibility of worsening, worsening still. >> now one of the reasons it's pushing for dialogue and not economic sanctions is the last thing china wants, max, as we often talk about is a destabilized north korea. not only tens of millions of people potentially coming across the border into china, but also a reunified korea, which could
include a biggest u.s. footprint right on china's doorstep. china is sticking to that line. whether now we know it's an icbm, the picture changes, the equation change, and china becomes more assertive and is prepared to push further. we'll wait and see. hopefully we'll get a steer from the ministry of foreign affairs in beijing in about 30 or 40 minutes from now. >> andrew in hong kong, kaori in tokyo, paula in seoul. thank you very much indeed. we're going to go now to nick rob nick robertston. as world leaders gather in germany. nick, do you think we're more likely to get a meeting of minds on what to do about north korea? >> you know, i think it's hard to see a meeting of minds in the g20 because on so many issues, there are so many differences between so many of the protagonists. and some of them in here talking about president trump, you know,
the american lead is often the one that is looked to try to bring others together and perhaps set the agenda. but president trump, his policies are sort of being interpreted more these days as sort of outliers, if you will. his, you know, vision for how to do trade, for example. his vision for climate change. his sort of, you know, out with the broader consensus. so in that context, it's harder to see in the bigger picture of how you reach agreements. but yes, when you have north korea on the fourth of july, on the eve of the g20 testing its first icbm, that certainly is going to get everyone's attention. if we just look at the last few days, president trump has been making a number of phone calls to try to -- to try to move along his ideas to contain north korea on this issue. and, you know, convince others to find a way. china in particular we were just
discussing here to get china to lay more pressure on north korea. but to that effect, president trump was already planning at the g20 on the margins, a try l trilateral meeting with the south koreans and japanese. very much focused on the first meeting with vladimir putin. the agenda of that meeting not hard set. we were told it would but crane, it would be syria. criticizing president putin over the russians hacking during the u.s. elections. that topic we were told wouldn't come up. that's been the focus of the discussion. but absolutely now it certainly will appear that the focus is going to shift to the most pressing issue right now, which will seem to be north korea. >> okay, nic, thank you. certainly has changed the tone of the meet, hasn't it? joining me now is the professional of international
politics at city university here in london. thank you very much for joining us. we've had this news about north korea just in the last hour. it happens on independence day as well. nic there was saying it's july the 4th. that's a real provocation to a president who responds to provocation, actually. >> well, the thing is that north korea is a fiercely independent country. it sees itself as having been under siege for many, many decades. and every time they get an opportunity to send a signal that they are not going to take any aggression as they see it lying down. whether there are sanctions or whether there is talk of other kinds of intervention, regime change and things like that. so north korea's attitude hasn't changed. they are basically there. and i think around about every july, august, there is some military exercises just off their coast as well. >> they're receiving provocation as well in their minds.
an intercontinental missile is something donald trump said he wouldn't accept. and he has been pressuring china to do something about this. >> correct. >> and in his view, haven't done enough. is there a risk that he might go it alone with military action? >> i think it's very difficult. because north carolina north carolina north korea is pretty well armed. the possible damage to china, north korea and south korea. the idea that the american president would launch a strike of some form on north korea that would provoke a wider war would be very, very dangerous. >> the fallout would be felt by china. which is why it's resisting regime change. >> well, i think there are different ideas about what china may be thinking about. the amount of pressure on china has increased since president trump took office. and thing is also a great deal of irritation that there are larger questions for china, and the united states in that region than north korean military sort of nuclear weapons.
and i think they're getting irritated with china there are voices within that country which suggests, well, maybe the best thing to do is actually to change the regime by china's behest in order to get a friendly government there and in order to maintain the division of that country. >> just to explain the apprehension in china about getting too involved with north korea. because they don't want a nuclearized north korea do, they? we should emphasize that. so what is their issue with going in and responding? >> well, the big issue is that north korea is dependent on china. north korea, if you like geopolitically keeps the peninsula divided. it means the united states is a little farther away that it could be. and that's why it may be better to either calm the situation down completely, nor the longer run, perhaps even get a more friendly regime which is more pliable and is pro chinese. >> the point in there being if north korea, if the rebel jet stream collapsed, then south korea and the u.s. by default
would fill that vacuum, and that would take the border up to china. >> that is the big problem. and the yalu river we know since the 1950s in korean war has been a major key point to keep the forces at bay. and i think china is not willing to risk that. >> when we look ahead to the g20, does china try to avoid this conversation altogether and focus on those other issues? >> i think you've got to focus on everything. the theme of that g20 summit is an interconnected world. all of these issues are interconnected. and i think the main thing is that there are very, very large relationship questions between the united states and china in question of trade, question of the military buildup, which is going on in that region. you recall that there are now three american aircraft carriers in that region. so china is trying to be the big player in that region. in its own region. and it is in its backyard. and it sees trump as possibly somebody who is threatening that. >> yeah. it's an epic meeting isn't it,
coming up in germany. all eyes as well on that sideline meeting between putin and trump. what do are you expecting from that? a suggestion that the sounds in the white house are that this issue of hacking the u.s. elections isn't going to come up. >> well, the fact is that donald trump denies that there is any kind of collusion with vladimir putin, or the russians with any form. he claims he won fair and square, and that the democrats are basically very sore, and they're willing to try to blame a foreign power for their defeat. >> so why bring it up? >> so why would he bring it up? the russians i think from their point of view want to promote a particular agenda as well, which i think is the sort of agenda that donald trump would find valuable, which is basically abandon things like nato and big international security alliances. rely more on balance in power. maybe look back to henry kissinger and a period of detente in the 1970s. they've got their own ideas
about the way the united states and donald trump should behave towards them. i think they'll try to pull the united states in that kind of direction. >> it's going to be a fascinating meant meting, isn't it? lots to study. >> i hope so. >> more on north korea's latest missile launch after this short break.
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a quick recap now on our breaking news. north korea has announced it has successfully tested or test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile. earlier in a televised announcement pyongyang said kim jong un ordered the test. the announcement comes a few hours after it launched the missile. that may have landed in japan's exclusive economic zone. south korea south korea's military says it landed in the waters east of the korean peninsula after traveling some 930 kilometers, or about 600 miles. japan's defense ministry says the missile reached an altitude of 2,500 kilometers, or just over 1,500 miles. it's worth noting that just last week u.s. advisers updated military options for president trump in dealing with north korea. mr. trump says he is concerned about pyongyang's ability to target the u.s. with one of its missiles. and u.s. defense officials say they're worried about how north korea is able to hide any testing until the last minute.
. >> the threat is much more immediate now. and so it's clear that we can't repeat the same approach, failed approach of the past. what we have to do is prepare all options because the president has made clear to us that he will not accept a nuclear power in north korea and a threat that can target the united states, and target the american population. of course, he is equally concerned about our allies at south korea, the south korean population in particular. >> well, jasper kim is the founder of the asia global research group. he joins us now from seoul, south korea. the way many people interpreted those words coming from the u.s. there is a military option is on the table here. and if anything is going to prompt it, it is an intercontinental missile test. >> well, max, a military option is always one of the options that the president has, and it's also an option that the other
leaders in this region will also have to consider. but they will have a dime met try opposed view. it will be interesting to see how this all shakes out. >> how is he going to respond, do you think? we can never quite predict what he is going to do. he has really led up to this, hasn't he? there has been lots of tweeting around it. he is angry about it. he is concerned about it. he wants china to do more. he can be quite aggressive. . >> yeah, and this is exactly why north korea is timing it as it is. with the level of technology he wants to show off to the world is that he wants to keep on going against trump. really, what we have here is a clash of the titans. two alpha males going head to head. and in that respect, one of the best options for these two is actually instead of going through the u.n. and sanctions and dialogue, that would be one option. but another option could be if these two met face-to-face and
basically sniffed each other out and tried to figure out what is a solution. now both sides may say that may not be the best option be. flu the u.s. perspective, from trump's perspective, he can package it as a trade deal. north korea, south korea, or the u.s. and that is something that trump is willing to talk about. talking about trade, which will therefore bring peace. and that may be a self-interest of kim jong un, north korea's leader. >> do you imagine the two men meeting? that might be an option on the table. it's probably something that the north korean lead worry be up for. but do you think donald trump would go that far? >> well, past presidents haven't be. thank you president is different. we've seen it time and time again. and i think because of that, because of trump's brashness, his directness, his pride of himself as a negotiator, this is exactly why he can differentiate himself from his presidential predecessors, and say why shouldn't by able to not talk with this north korean leader.
i can't quite figure him out. but in a sense, he wants power. i want to project power. together we can meet together in the same room and basically try to figure out what common interests we have together. and that's something that hasn't really been played out before. it hasn't been done. a lot of talk has been going on about it. but there hasn't been any concerted action towards direct talks like this. we know from north korea's perspective, kim jong un, what he wants to do is talk with past presidents. and of course on top of that would be the current president donald trump in front of him. >> so you're thinking perhaps this buildup of rhetoric coming from washington might not be building up towards any military action, but might be building up to deal effectively? >> in a sense, it's a deal. but sort of a deal proposition before is to anchor people on the other side. kim jong un, north korea's leader wants a perception of war, war that could break out on the brink here in the korean peninsula. and trump, he wants something quite the opposite. he does not want war, of course.
but what kim jong un wants to project is power through his missile technology. if he gets icbm technology, that basically increases his bargaining chips by tenfold. it's a 10 x proposition. everyone knows that. people are watching closely. that's what my believe is that kim jong un wants a deal. he didn't want provocation. that's riley the fodder for the things he does want. he wants to stay in his power, basically have stability within his own regime, but not at the cost of his power. >> okay, jasper kim, thank you very much indeed for joining us from seoul. coming up, the fight against isis takes a major new turn. syrian forces gain key ground in isis' self-declared capital. details on that next. plus, a month-long battle in iraq comes down to the final few dates or maybe even fires. the latest on the fight to break mosul from isis after this. it's a good thing we brought the tablets huh?
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welcome back to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm max foster. updating you on our top stories this hour. north korea says it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. pongya pongyang's state television says kim jong un ordered the test. it flew 580 miles for more than half an hour. south korea's military says it landed in the waters east of the korean peninsula. syria and ukraine are expected to top the agenda when u.s. president donald trump meets with his russian counterpart vladimir putin later this week. but white house officials say mr. trump probably won't bring up russia's cyberattack on the u.s. election last year. and new jersey governor chris christie says he won't apologize for his visit to a closed empty beach with his
family over the july 4th holiday weekend. that beach and others were off limits to the public because of a state government shutdown. they'll reopen later on tuesday after legislators reached a budget deal. in northern syria, there is a major new development in the battle against isis in the de facto capital of raqqah. the u.s. central command says u.s.-backed syrian forces have now breached a wall surrounding raqqah's old city. that's key because isis militants have been using the wall as a strategic fighting position. u.s. president donald trump is expected to talk about syria when he meets with the russian president, vladimir putin, in just a few days. more from our correspondent barbara starr. >> reporter: u.s. marines in syria firing artillery at isis positions. unprecedented video, much of it shot from a drone overhead
underscoring the growing danger for more than an estimated 700 u.s. combat forces on the ground. the u.s. war against isis in syria is at a critical stage. u.s.-backed forces including snipers are now inside raqqah, trying to end the islamic state that abu bakr al baghdadi declared three years ago this month. but tens of thousands of civilians are still at risk from isis and syrian president bashar al assad. president trump is to be meet with russian president vladimir putin for the first time. and the white house says the war in syria is likely to be discussed. the u.s. goals? >> the need to de-escalate the syrian civil war, to defeat isis there, and to end that humanitarian catastrophe. >> but it's all to be get a lot tougher. >> putin believes he is in the
cat bifrd at this state. >> with the u.s. no longer calling for assad's removal, this recent firing of cruise missiles also an indication that moscow's support for assad fits vladimir putin's own goals. >> he is going to seek to enhance that russian influence because he believes syria is the jumping off point for further russian activity in the middle east. i don't think president trump necessarily understands that. >> president trump's special envoy brent mcguirk has just been to the outskirts of raqqah to figure out what happens next. raqqah will need money, organization, and manpower. but it's not likely the trump administration would supply that full effort. >> once raqqah is liberated, we believe it's critical for local officials from the area to take over responsibility and take over responsibility for post liberation security. but most importantly, governance
down the road. >> but the fundamental question remains to what extent will the trump administration expand the u.s. effort to help rebuild these war-torn areas. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> well, eight months of fierce battles in mosul, iraq could end any moment. iraqi troops close to completely ousting isis from the city. on monday the fighting was still raging. in the little yellow corridor. compare that to a year ago when all the territory in green was under isis control. it's believed there are just a few hundred militants left. reuters reports that iraqi forces expect to have full control of mosul by the end of the week. up in the skies a different mission to bring down the terror group is taking place. it's being commanded from the uss george h.s. bush.
here is our muhammad lila. >> reporter: they're the unseen faces in the war on isis. america's fighter pilots, 30,000 feet in the sky, providing critical air support to troops down below. we were given exclusive access to the u.s. george h.w. bush, home to a strike force of more than 40 f-18 fighter jets and the pilots who fly them. take a look around. you can see the massive firepower that is all around us. this is the most advanced ship in the entire u.s. fleet. from this runway to the side they launch anywhere from 12 to 20 strikes against isis targets every single day. >> it's a pretty unique experience for sure. >> reporter: scott wells spoke to us in the ship's hangar bay. it isn't actually the job, it's being away from his wife and two
young daughters for seven months straight. how do you stay in touch? >> via e-mail, picture, occasional phone calls. while we're under way, there is no skype chat, facetime, anything like that. so it's very challenging. >> reporter: the ship runs like a small town, powered by twin nuclear reactors. with a crew of 5,000 on board, there is always activity. with launches during the day and with infrared lighting at night. by the time their deployment is over, the military says the pilots on board will have dropped more than a million pounds of bombs in iraq and syria. at the end of the day, we need to ensure that we're putting bombs in the correct positions to take out isis. >> but that hasn't always happened. the pentagon has been dogged by accusations that its air strikes have killed hundreds of innocent civilians since the campaign began three years ago. one monitoring group says that number is well over a thousand.
the u.s. military maintains that it takes, quote, extraordinary measures to mitigate the loss of civilian life. >> thank you. >> reporter: kenneth white is a rear admiral in the fleet. he spoke to us while f-18s were taking off below. >> war is not a clean business. and some of the times a motorcycle or a car can come into an area where the weapons fall. >> reporter: most air strikes are planned days, even weeks in advance. but right up until the last second, a pilot can abort the mission if they see unusual activity on the ground. >> when something comes up, and they see someone who they haven't identified on the ground that. >> know we're not going to drop that bomb. and that bomb can wait maybe an hour, maybe another day, maybe another week. >> reporter: for the pilots on board, it's a responsibility weighing heavily on their shoulders. knowing their decisions can mean life and death, muhammad lila, cnn, on board the uss george
recapping our top story, north korea says it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. earlier in a televised announcement, pyongyang said kim jong un ordered and supervised the test. it may have landed in japan's exclusive economic zone. north korea says it flew about 580 miles, more than half an hour. south korea's military says it landed in the waters east of the korean peninsula. now the russian president vladimir putin will likely discuss the north korean threat when he meets again in a few hours with his chinese counterpart. xi jinping is on a two-day visit to moscow ahead of the g20
summit. the meetings come as mr. xi is expressing his concern over what he calls negative factors straining u.s.-china relation. let's bring in matthew chance live in moscow. i guess the test is going to make north korea more likely to be up the agenda now. >> yeah, i expect although they've already discussed, xi jinping and president putin of russia, they have already discussed the continuing escalation on the korean peninsula, and they said that they need to maintain strategic cooperation. in other words, talk with one voice diplomatically when it comes to what needs to be done on the korean peninsula to try and resolve the situation there. they've also both, both the chinese and the russian leaders criticized the deployment by the united states of its anti-missile defense system in south korea. they're concerned, both russia and china this upsets the strategic balance there and undermines their own strategic defenses, they say. and also sort of puts the peninsula into a cycle of
escalation. and that's the concern the chinese and the russians are both expressing. and they're calling for dialogue and diplomacy to try to bring an end to this escalating crisis. >> so in terms of what was on the long-term agenda for this meeting, they're talking about deepening ties, right? that's based on trade deals. >> yeah, absolutely. i mean, there has been a long running process, which has been accelerating since 2014 really when the west imposed sanctions on russia for its actions in crimea and eastern ukraine. a long running process of closening relations between russia and china. they have signed hundreds of billions of dollars worth of trade deals, particularly on the energy sector. on this occasion they're going to be signing $10 billion worth of trade deals as well. this is an increasingly close commercial relationship. it's also increasingly close military and diplomatic issue as
well. obviously they speak with one voice on particular issues, particularly the korean peninsula issue. but russia is also a major arms seller to china, and they've engaged in joint military exercises in the past as well. they very much have forged some kind of delicate friendship over the past years. >> has that also been in response to the tensions both countries have with the u.s.? >> i think it has certainly from the russian point of view. i mean, i think the chinese are there to exploit whatever commercial opportunities there are available to them. and there is a diplomatic aspect as well. from the russian point of view, particularly since 2014 when the sanctions were imposed on moscow over its annexation of crimea and its continued involvement in the conflict in ukraine, russia was basically saying look, you may try to isolate us in the west, but we have other powerful friends elsewhere, and it kind of accelerated this pivot to asia that it's currently engaged
in. so yes, from the russian point of view this is very much an opportunity to show the west that it's got strategic opportunities elsewhere. having said that, the relationship between russia and china isn't without its tensions. russia is a declining power. china is very much an emerging power. that creates its own kind of friction. and there has been a history as well of confrontation between the russians and the chinese, particularly during the times of the soviet union. and so it's a delicate friendship. a delicate balance that russians and the chinese are trying to strike. they're not quite friends. not enemies. frenemies is how they're often categorized here. >> matthew in moscow, thank you. now anyday now doctors in the uk plan to take a terminally ill infant off life support after winning a legal dispute with his parents who wanted to take him to the u.s. for experimental treatment. now as cnn's diana magnay tells us, two of the world's most powerful people are weighing in on the life and death battle
over charlie gard. >> max, such a painful story. this is pitching the uk's top pediatricians against two desperate parents, all of whom have charlie's best interests at heart, but want to go about protecting him in fundamentally different ways. the tubes that keep him alive will be turned off soon. his parents' last hope, to take him to the states for highly experimental medical treatment blocked by the british and european courts. their last wish was refused, to take him home to die. >> he is a soldier. he will fight. he would fight to the very end. but we're not allowed to fight for him anymore. our rights have been chipped away. we can't even take our own son home to die. we've been denied that. we've been through enough. >> reporter: little charlie gard was born healthy but diagnosised the following month with a rare genetic disorder, a form of mitochondrial disease which has
left him, his doctors say, with irreversible brain damage. >> we're still fighting! >> we're still fighting! >> save charlie gard! >> save charlie gard! >> at the weekend protests in london against the decision to turn off life support. and after the pope sent a message to the parents from the vatican saying he was praying for them in their hope in their desire to accompany and care for their own child until the end will be respected. now donald trump has weighed in too. if he can help little charlie gard as par our friends in the uk and the pope, we would be delighted to do so. charlie's case is extremely complicated. the treatment the u.s. is offering offer has never been tested on a strain of disease as rare as charlie's is. even the physician offering it says he thinks it's unlikely to be able to reverse charlie's brain damage. that's why the british courts ruled the way they did.
they said they didn't want charlie to be the subject of medical experimentation if there was no chance of him getting better, that his right to die with dignity must come first. but that's not the way his parents see it. sadly for them, the pleas of a pope and a president already too late. of course from the parents' point of view, any chance of improvement in charlie's condition they will jump at, however small that might be. but in this country, if doctors and parents conflict over the care of a child, then it goes to the courts. so however comforting these words from donald trump may be, he doesn't have authority over the british courts. this has gone all the way up through the high court system, to the court of appeal to the supreme court and the european court of justice, all of whom have sided with the doctors that it is in charlie's best interests to turn the life support off. max? >> diana with the story of charlie gard there. now the gulf diplomatic crisis will be top of the agenda
next hour when meeting with the crown prince. saudi arabia is considering qatar's list of demands. they asked to meet the requirements simply closing the al jazeera network or face further sanctions. qatar's foreign minister delivered the response to kuwait which is mediating the debate. we don't know yet what djohar has decided, though. still ahead, tennis star venus williams is competing again at wimbledon. but a terrible accident last month weighs heavily. details next.
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the waters south of christine peninsula. now venus williams is at wimbledon. but when meeting with reporters to discuss her first round on monday, the tennis star fell apart when the questions turned to last month's car crash in which a man died. cnn's christina macfarlane reports. >> reporter: not sure what to expect. venus williams has kept a low profile ahead of wimbledon following the events of mid-june in florida when she was involved in car crash that led to the death of a 78-year-old man. according to police, she was at fault for the accident. and now faces a wrongful death lawsuit from the victim's family. monday marked her 20th wimbledon start. and in her opening round today, she faced a tight match, but went through in straight sets. it wasn't until she faced the media for the first time in her press conference that it became apparent just how much the incident had taken its toll. after struggling to keep her composure, it suddenly became too much. >> yeah, i mean, i'm just --
maybe i should go. >> she composed herself briefly, answered some tennis questions before wrapping up the news conference. she also mentioned how much she was missing her sister serena williams, who was due to give birth to her first child later this year. we expect venus williams to be back in action wednesday about n round two. despite the turmoil, she is still one of the favorites for the title. christina macfarlane, cnn, london. >> thanks for joining us. i'm max foster. i'll be back with more "cnn newsroom" right after this short break.
welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm max foster in london. we begin with breaking news out of north korea. north korea says it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. as the united states prepares to celebrate its independence day, this rocket in theory could reach the u.s. state of alaska. pyongyang released these pictures a short while ago of what it says was the launch. state-run television says those orders came directly from kim jong-un. here's what else we know -- north korea says the missile reached an altitude of more than 2,800 kilometers. that's in line with what japan's military had earlier estimated. south korea's military says it flew a distance of more than 930