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speech. for. a nerve agent used in the u.k. to attack a former russian spy where did it come from in an exclusive interview with g w britain's foreign secretary boris johnson pointed the finger to russia was he telling the whole truth tonight's embarrassing questions a deleted tweet and poisoned politics i burned off in berlin this is the day. i look at the at the evidence we the people from from fourteen down the the the party he claimed categorically they were absolutely categorical about the guy i said are you sure and he said there's no doubt that it come from russia that we're not expecting anything like an apology and we know that the russians designed it was the consequence just expecting come and since. we know that the russians were
the only people to make it on stoplight it. also coming up on this day in one nine hundred sixty eight dr martin luther king was murdered half a century later some americans say that his dream is now the target. and they have an idea. that america would be better off if it were more euro centric and of course that's hostile to the whole business of equality and advancement which. gave his life. and we begin the day with britain's top diplomat boris johnson under fire in london and moscow for what his critics call a toxic treatment of the truth we are no closer tonight to a definitive answer regarding the origin of the nerve agent used last month in the u.k. to attacking former russian spy and his daughter today russia called an emergency
meeting of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons it's proposal for a joint british russian investigation into the poisoning was rejected the o.p.c. w. saying its independent lab results will be ready later this week russia now wants the poisoning incident taken up tomorrow in the un security council where yesterday the head of britain's porton down lab said that his team had not identified the precise source of the poison now that flies in the face of what u.k. foreign secretary boards johnson said two weeks ago in an exclusive interview with . our. source. is russia how did you manage to find it out so quickly that's very thin possessed sample something when i look at the evidence i mean the people from porton the.
they have the samples and they they they were absolutely categorical and i asked the guy myself i said are you sure and he said. we're earlier today the situation took another strange twist the british foreign office delete it a tweet that contradicted the porton down labs statement in the tweet from march twenty second the foreign office says that the lab analysis quote made clear that this was a military grade no b. choke nerve agent produced in russia yesterday the lab publicly refuted that claim today the foreign office apparently deleted the tweet now trying to clarify why it was deleted the foreign office says that the tweet had misquoted the british ambassador to russia during a briefing in moscow however here he is repeating those exact words in a video posted on the twitter account of the foreign office.
there's also no doubt that was produced in russia by the russian state. well this evening a boris johnson whent on the offensive asking the public in a tweet to remember the key facts and here's what he said one porton down identified nerve agent as military grade no he took to russia has investigated delivering nerve agents likely for assassination and as part of this program has produced and stockpiled small quantities of nova chokes and three russia has a motive for targeting sergei script all however labor it lawmaker laura pidcock tweeted it may well be that the nerve agent used in the solsbury attack can be traced back to the russian state but both unhelpful and worrying that boris johnson on the record declaring categorically that porton down claimed it was from russia
seemingly without clear evidence which is it. well tonight the foreign office responded to a request from us with this statement the foreign secretary was making clear that horton down were sure it was a noble job a point that they have reinforced and he goes on the same interview to make clear why based on that information additional intelligence and the lack of alternative explanation from the russians we have reached the conclusion we have what the foreign secretary said then and what portman down have said recently is fully consistent with what we have said throughout it is russia that is putting forward multiple versions of events and obvious katie. we want to go now to our moscow bureau chief yuri rashad of he's on the story for
his tonight's good evening to you yuri so we've got russia saying that it is being sidelined from the investigation into the scruples poisoning do we know what the kremlin plans to do next. hi brenda well from moscow it is very important to handle these investigations at the highest possible level that's why russia is calling now for a meeting of the un security council for the kremlin this dispute is about more than just the question of who's to blame for the poisoning of the two russian citizens mr. st paul and his daughter up after the almost the whole european union the shoulder solidarity with the u.k. and with russia moscow is now s. isolated as ever if anyone ever finds out who poisoned that's really the million dollar question but russia simply wants to use the highest political stage of the u.n. security council to state it's arguments and insist to once more on its presumption
of innocence ok so we may be looking at that meeting tomorrow the u.n. security council let's take this now to britain we've heard that the british chemical weapons expert has said they can't pinpoint russia as those the worse of the poison that was used in the attack on mr screwball and his daughters how is moscow drawing that into its plans. well russian officials took it as yet another piece of evidence that to the f.a.a. affair is part of a kind of pain to harm with their country and incident s n l image. russian president vladimir putin said he didn't expect an apologia from the u.k. but the t.d. to expect a reason to prevent you so that international relations don't sustain these kind of damage the press secretary of of president putin to meet his cough said today he in
moscow this station has been completely monstrous from the beginning because that is the accusations for a crazy and foul did he set in mind less as the head of the russian secret service f.s.b. said again how this can call to this scandal now absolutely grotesque still the official line is that the kremlin is in the center of the discussion is that all the an anti russia conspiracy to let this relation from the u.k. under of everything is ok our moscow bureau chief your initiative on the story for us tonight your we thank you very much we want to take this story now to britain i'm joined by alastair hay he is professor of environmental toxicology at the university of leeds and he has worked on chemical weapons issues for nearly four decades it's good to have you on the show professor hey i want to ask you we know that a report is expected sometime this week from the international body that is there to prevent the spread of chemical weapons is that report going to solve this
realm between russia and britain. no it wasn't unfortunately what the o.p.c. w.'s laboratories will do is simply identify the agent and i'm almost certain that they will confirm what the u.k. has found but they won't be doing any think appointing so they won't be identifying where it came from. so what what's the purpose of even going through this step is it just to have an independent body verify what british scientists have already determined. yes absolutely it is full of the o.p.c. w. to do this that's its role it's there is a neutral broke. that hundred ninety two states that is on the chemical weapons convention and part of the o.p.c. w. if you know i agreed process is and and i accept the independence of the
o.p.c. does you so i think the u.k. with correct to go through this route to get the p c w to verify what it found ok but it's not going to be able to tell us the source of the of this nova chickasaw going to be able to tell us who or what manufactured it the u.k. government says it has evidence evidence that was able to convince london's western allies what might this circumstantial evidence be. well that's a very good question i know to show the u.k. has reportedly said that it has evidence that russia has manufactured these agents and has evidence that it's been preparing know they gins for the purposes of assassination but none of that is in the public domain and i've not seen any objective evidence from the government about its position it may well have shown
some of this to its european partners who are pretty resolute in supporting the you case position that the evidence other evidence of the u.k. has is not in the public domain and there i am unable to comment on it really ok britain says that only russia stockpiles the chalk but we know that after the collapse of the soviet union that russia and the surrounding states were very chaotic place is it possible that the soviet union's stores of chemical weapons could they have fallen into non government non-state hands but still be within russia. it's possible but the other side of this is that despite that chaos a lot of the weapons that were outside russia the federation of russian republics
were moved into russia as the russian heritage to form a soviet union stockpile. that it had forty thousand tons of these agents to the o.p.c. job you and a few months ago announced that it destroyed all of those agents under p.c. w supervision and inspection so where these knowledge shops may have got to know what the particular program is and history professor alastair he joining us tonight we appreciate it professor i think you. but. you know. well it was fifty years ago today when the civil rights leader martin luther king was shot and killed in memphis tennessee across the u.s. it is a day to remember reflect and to use dr king's word to dream perhaps we first associate the name martin luther king with the struggle of african-americans or even southern u.s. blacks but his message reached beyond the north american shores and found
a global audience the divided city of berlin is a prime example in september one thousand nine hundred sixty four dr king visited both west and east berlin in nearly identical addresses he emphasized an inescapable destiny which binds us all together more on his legacy right here in just a moment but first this report. her a defining moment in american history in one thousand nine hundred sixty three civil rights activist martin luther king led the march on washington and delivered a speech that remains iconic to this day are have a dream. but one thing what. this measure where all right rob. live out the true meaning of a korean was two hundred fifty thousand people converged on the nation's capital
that day demanding freedom and equal rights for african-americans the following year the u.s. congress passed the civil rights act which ended segregation and outlawed discrimination based on race religion sex or national origin dr king was awarded the nobel peace prize and continued to organize nonviolent protests and inspire millions in one thousand nine hundred sixty eight he traveled to memphis tennessee where he delivered what was to be his final speech. thank. god the next day from this window a man called james earl ray fired a single fatal shot at the activist as he stood on his hotel balcony dr martin luther king had been forever silenced. martin luther king was shot and was killed
by god was. the painful events of that day are etched on his friend's memorise. the terms is that it doesn't. and that of his relatives speaking ahead of the anniversary of his death his youngest daughter recalled what the world lost when her father died but also what it gained. he taught us. the importance in braces. is not merely as a tactic it is a way of life. fifty years on dr king's final speech still reverberates today.
and with me at the big table tonight is just taylor she runs and has the monthly salon the respond with six called black in berlin and she may be familiar to some of you because she was with this on the night of the u.s. election back in november two thousand sixty eight it's good to see you were there you know fifty years ago martin luther king was murdered. it's obviously a day to remember it's a day of mourning is there a reason to rejoice. you know i think so i think that dr martin luther king jr's goals of nonviolent resistance and of equality have definitely made big strides but i think that what we're lacking is equity
one thing that dr martin luther king talked a lot about is equality but equity means more about striving to see what we can give to not just everyone but who needs it so not just one for one that's a quality but exactly who needs what we heard at the beginning of the program someone say that the current leadership in washington is a threat to dr king's dream do you agree definitely definitely i mean this current administration number forty five is looking to unseat all of the dry. dr martin luther king set out to do and the thing that worries me the most is the watering down of dr king's message you know fifty years ago dr king was a threat to national security and was one of the reasons why he was assassinated and now you see this administration on his birthday earlier this year sending out
tweets about some of his statements how do you explain this i mean you know you and i both we belong to the generation that was born you know right after those terrible days in the late sixty's and you would think that two generations later the dream of these ideals would be cemented into the national fabric of the u.s. so what do you think happens. i think that you know people have held on to as you said dr he was murdered by a white supremacist and people have held on to this ideal not just in day to day but in capitalism in politics but also we see in interactions you know being here in berlin you would think it would be a free and open place but as we know the far right has is on the run is on the rise and has made games. to take a look at just some of the voices from the united states that we've collected ask
you about the legacy of dr king. well i feel like king would be very alarmed and i think he might feel like many of your struggles were in vain because the masses of black people in america remain educationally politically. many ways in terms of disenfranchised poverty is a significant problem in the united states for all poor americans but it disproportionately affects african-americans so that's an area where we haven't made progress we have to be concerned about losing rights that we thought we had fought for with one of the rights leaders and he was saying that if my grandchildren have to fight the same fight that i had to fight why did why did i do what. we face a crisis in the states and that's a crisis that's unique because for the first time in. fifty years we have
people in office particularly the presidency in the congress and senate that have a different view of where america should be and they have an idea of view that america would be better if it were more euro centric and of course that's hostile to the whole business of equality and advancement which dr king gave his life. there are some serious indictments on the present situation but you know he mentioned you were a century i want to pick up on your dr king came here to berlin in one nine hundred sixty four he came to west in east berlin spoke on both sides of the wall he was welcomed with open arms is there a martin luther king legacy here in the united both lives here is there a legacy this alliance here that maybe is not in the u.s. see a different well the difference i see here is there is an openness and
a willingness. to have dialogue but i see that a lot of the conversations around race relation they're very outdated as you know the word racism wasn't even in the german dictionary until one thousand nine hundred ninety seven and so i see a lot of the conversation is still a bit behind also i noticed that in germany a lot of people are quick to point out this happens in the u.s. there's gun violence there's police violence and they don't look around and see the violence around them and i wonder you know as black americans as black germans as black europeans the question that an artist needs a cost to ask is do we have to die to rest in peace. you know. we've got about forty five seconds left i want to ask you do you think dr king if you look at our society today would you say that we focus too much on the color of our skin well it's interesting because at the end of his life right before he was
assassinated he was working to combat poverty and it was really about a class struggle and struggle so i think that he would step in that lee looking past racism into other those who and those who don't just get together and it's good to have you good to see you again we've been exaggerated. but today marks the birthday of another american civil rights activist the poet and writer dr maya angelou she would have turned ninety today she's known for books such as i know why the caged bird sings and if you watch the inauguration of u.s. president bill clinton in january one thousand nine hundred three you will remember maya angelou's poem on the pulse of the morning hers was only the second poem ever written for a presidential inauguration and dr angelo wrote about many things because she had been so many things she was the first female african-american cable car conductor
in san francisco she was a cook a waitress and editor in egypt a sex worker and a dancer and dr angela died almost four years ago google is honoring her life with this unique version of her famous poem still iraq. you may write me down in history with you a bit with the guys you may try out me in the very dear but still light does. does my sassiness upset you why are you beset with gloom just because i walk and i've got oil wells pumping in my living room just like moods and like sun with the certainty of tao just like hope springing hot still i rise. did you want to see me broken back out here it
and lowered our eyes so old is falling down like drops weakened by my soul folk rhyme. does my hiding this offend you don't take it awful hard just cause i laugh as if i've got gold mines digging in my own backyard. you may shoot me with your words you make me with your eyes you may kill me with your hate for this but still like life. is does my sexiness upset you does it come as a surprise that i dance as if i have diamonds at the meeting of my. leaving behind nights of terror and fear i rise into a day break my regulus lay clear iran is bringing the gifts
that my ancestors gave i am the hope and the dream of the slave and so. i rise higher. dr angelou one said i've learned that people will forget what you said people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel. and remember whatever happens between now and then tomorrow is another day we'll see that in the.
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