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tonight north korea's threat to america on the fourth of july. the new, more powerful missile. american officials confirming its long range capability. could north korean missiles now reach alaska, or even further east? the president's response and his unusual message to kim jong-un. president trump and vladimir putin preparing to meet face to face. tonight, the white house and the russians describing the meeting in two very different ways. will russia's meddling in the u.s. election be on the agenda? up in flames. police investigating the possibility of illegal fireworks in the blast that leveled this home as the heat and bone dry conditions in the west are turning fireworks into a fire fight. and holiday high alert.
protecting parades and fireworks with sand trucks, drones and temporary barriers. the new measures keeping america safe. and good evening. i'm tom llamas in for david, and we begin on this independence day with a new provocation from north korea. what could be the most dangerous yet. a new missile launch being called a breakthrough. a successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile possibly capable of reaching alaska. the statements celebrating the launch, promising to root out what they see as the u.s. threat. the president responding with an unusual tweet, calling out north korea's dictator and then their neighbors to take action. abc's david kerley starts off at the white house. >> reporter: u.s. officials confirm tonight this launch appears to be a major breakthrough. a north korean two-stage intercontinental ballistic
missile. supervising it all, kim jong-un. it's a missile that could potentially reach the u.s. kim, his military leaders and scientists all celebrating. a success, declared a news radar. north koreans applauding the news. the missile reached 1,700 miles high, landing in the water 577 miles east to the sea of japan, angering the japanese. experts say such a missile might be able to reach alaska. the military calling this, the quote, final step in creating a confident and powerful nuclear state that can strike anywhere on earth. that possibility, that escalation, coming just days after president trump, word of a nuclear warhead on this type of missile, put north korea on notice. >> the era of strategic patience with the north korean regime has failed. many years, and it has failed. and frankly, that patience is
over. >> reporter: reaction today came in a new tweet, quote, 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 end this nonsense once and for all. but just two weeks ago, mr. trump had appeared to have given up on china. quote, while i greatly appreciate the empts, it has not worked out. at least i know china tried. with no policy announced, the national security adviser making it clear, they will not be allowed to threaten the united states with nuclear weapons. >> and to prepare a range of options, including a military option, which nobody wants to take. >> the pressure mounting on north kree yarks and word just in that the trump administration is requesting an emergency meeting at the u.n. to address
the north korean threat? >> reporter: with the security council, they would like to see that meeting held tomorrow, tom. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. tweeted today she has been in meetings all day talking about this launch, tom. >> david kerley for us at the white house. david, thank you. >> i want to bring in abc's military analyst, steven began yap d yarpd. she shot this up in the air, and what does the distance tell you about where it could reach? >> they have launched the missile almost straight up because they didn't want to fly to japan or russia. the missile reached an apex of 1,700 miles, which means it could have reached anchorage and wouldn't have been far from seattle. but it's very complex science. it's very much like hitting a bullet with a bullet. although the most recent test
was successful, the system itself is still only barely only 50% reliable. >> steve, north korea's leader, kim jong-un has been described as a loose cannon. will the president's tweet about him, does this guy have anything better to do with his life? with that provoke him further? >> i think it's only going to make him more determined he is on a deliberate course to hit the continental united states, and today's launch states that plan remains on track, and it is no coincidence this latest launch was occupant fourth of july. >> steve, thank you. as those tensions with north korea are ramping up, president trump and the first lady honored military families at a picnic on the white house lawn. the showdown dopg up. the world will be watching. his face to face meeting with vladimir putin is set for friday. differences are already surfacing. abc's gloria riviera with the new developments from
washington. >> reporter: tonight, president trump celebrating the fourth in washington. >> our country is doing really, really well. no matter where you look. >> reporter: tomorrow, he emb k embarks on his second foreign trip, with all eyes on that friday face-to-face with russian president vladimir putin. for more than a year, trump has sung putin's praises. >> i think putin's been a very strong leader for russia. he said trump is a genius and trump is gonna win and trump is leading the party. if putin likes donald trump, i consider that an asset, not a liability. >> reporter: but with just days to go, the white house is downplaying the meeting, calling it a "normal" bi-lateral discussion and saying little else. in contrast, russia is billing it as a "full-fledged" "seated" meeting, releasing a detailed agenda of the issues putin will raise -- the war or terror, nuclear arms control and russia's extreme dissatisfaction with the sanctions president obama imposed in retaliation for russian meddling in the u.s. election. the white house won't say whether the president will even
raise the issue of russia's interference, or whether the president finally accepts russia was behind the hack. >> he believes that russia probably was involved, potentially some other countries as well could have been equally involved. or could have been involved, not equally. >> reporter: trump has also sent conflicting signals about whether he's met putin before. telling david letterman in 2013 -- >> he's a tough guy. i met him once. >> reporter: last year, backtracking -- >> i have no relationship with putin. i don't think i've ever met him. i never met him. i don't think i've ever met him. >> reporter: friday, he will get his chance, with the whole world watching. >> and gloria riviera joins us from washington tonight, and gloria, the meeting comes as the fbi investigates russia's meddling in an american election, but the white house is not planning to make that a focus of the discussion, correct? >> reporter: that is correct, tom. a senior administration official tells us the white house expects this meeting to be brief. that it is doubtful russia's meddling in the u.s. election will be a prominent focal point,
that it would be viewed as a waste of time, and according to this official, a loser of a topic. >> thank you. overseas now, the war against isis. after recent success against mosul, iraq, an advancement in raqqah, syria. the capital. arab and kurdish fighters have broken through the historic wall around raqqah's old city. isis militants had taken up fighting positions along that wall. the u.s. is providing close air support. back home, there is growing retis answer the to trump's growing election integrity. most people say they are unwilling to turn over personal voter information, including names, birth dates, voting history and the last four digits of social security numbers. some are concerned that centralizing all that data will make it more vulnerable to misuse. after claiming without providing
evidence that millions had voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. next to the warning when fireworks or part of the holiday festivities. police are of the inning the possibility of illegal fireworks in the blast that levelled this home. and this year, the tinderboxlike conditions out west are causing wildfires to quickly grow out of control. abc's clayton sandell is there tonight. >> reporter: they're supposed to be for celebrating. but tonight, a fourth of july explosion of the worst kind. >> house just blew up. we saw people inside. >> reporter: that missouri house, leveled, injuring three people inside. >> house is demolished. is on the ground. >> reporter: the atf and the local fire chief say a possible cause could be the fireworks' manufactur manufacture,ing, but they are investigating. >> this is bad! >> reporter: around the country the holiday is putting the fire in fireworks, including the legal ones. a show igniting this blaze near
detroit. in phoenix, winds carried embers from a firework show into nearby trees. and in texas, fireworks are blamed for this 320-acre wildfire. there are now nearly thirty large wildfires burning across the west. and with the heat and wind, authorities don't need any more. which is why firework shows in places like aspen, steamboat springs and durango, colorado have all been cancelled. there are still plenty of fireworks shows happening tonight, like this one in highlands ranch, colorado. and especially this year, authorities are asking people to leave the fireworks to the pros. tom? >> good advise with all those wildfires. clayton, thank you. and ginger zee joins us for the dry conditions. will they be a concern throughout the week, and a tropical system we're now monitoring. >> reporter: it's not just dry, but very hot. let's go to the maps where you can see that pressure, and the jet streams high, and that height also ushering the heat. an excessive heat warning again
for phoenix. 113 for wednesday's high, and hotter through the week. you look at the trouble spots. fireworks forecast are messier in southeast missouri, and northwest arkansas. also scattered showers through washington, d.c. finally the look at thunderstorms off the west coast of africa. 80% of that becoming a depression. if it does, its name is don. tom. >> we'll keep an eye on that. next to the security on this fourth of july. authorities on alert for possible attacks with vehicles. abc's gio benitez on the new measures in place to keep parades, fireworks shows and holiday travelers safe. >> reporter: tonight, law enforcement officers on high alert for one of the nation's most beloved celebrations. from coast to coast, security ramped up for those fireworks displays. boston using drones tonight for an eye in the sky. >> we will deploy a multi-layered, multi-agency security plan. >> reporter: in washington, d.c., buses are now road blocks to prevent any vehicle attacks like the ones
seen in europe. here in new york city, the nypd will use more than 100 vehicles to block intersections and nearly two dozen sand-filled trucks. counterterrorism officers will be among the crowd, many in plain clothes. >> we know the world we are living in, the nypd is constantly focused on preventing acts of terror. >> reporter: divers in new york's east river even checking the barges holding the fireworks for any tampering. abc yous in got a rare look at the nypd's efforts last summer. officers with radiation detecters, dogs trained to sniff the kind of chemicals used by isis and suicide bombs. a counterterror control center with 9,000 video feeds scanning 3 million license plates every day. >> i want to tell the workers to be ready for this and see this as a good they think. >> and gio benitez joins us from new jersey. huge crowds expected across the country and right here in new york, right, gio? >> reporter: that's right, tom. we're talking about 3 million people expected in new york city alo alone. 60,000 fireworks exploding
overhead, and that's why security is so important tonight. >> 3 million. thanks so much. new jersey's budget standoff is over after chris christie agreed to a late night deal. state beaches and parks are back in business, welcoming visitors on this fourth of july holiday. the governor is dismissing criticism that he and his family were enjoying the beaches, you can see them there, that was close to everyone else. >> i have proven of the last eight years i have to choose between my family and political optics, i'll pick my family. >> that photo is rocketing around the sbempbt. now to the police officer what was stabbed in the next at the michigan air strike. he is talk than for the first time, and about the man he calls a hero. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, for the first time, that airport police officer brutally attacked while on duty is speaking out. >> i truly think it was over in ten seconds. >> reporter: ten harrowing seconds. you can still see the deep scar on his neck. >> there was no warning at all.
there was absolutely no warning. >> we got an officer down there. reports of a stabbing. >> reporter: june 21st, lieutenant jeff neville was manning his post at bishop international airport in flint, michigan, when amor ftouhi car rid out an alleged terror attack, emerging from a bathroom with a 12-inch knife similar to this one, yelling in arabic, and ambushed him. >> it was an attack from the rear. it was very sudden, there was no warning. it was very intense. >> reporter: that's when a quick thinking airport maintenance man jumped in. >> the way that he reacted was -- was spectacular. because the maintenance man hadn't been walking beside me i wouldn't be here talking to you today. >> reporter: authorities believe ftouhi was a lone wolf. lieutenant neville is recovering well, and absolutely plans to return to his post at the airport. tom? >> alex perez for us tonight. alex, thank you. there was much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the dramatic moment, an 18-wheeler barreled out of control. caught on camera. what fellow drivers did next.
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strong. from main street to the milky way. the incredible ways some are celebrating the fourth of july. >> reporter: in gatlinburg, tennessee, they love the fourth of july so much they start early -- real early. a minute after midnight, that's their tradition. in oxford, mississippi, the little ones showing their patriotism. in micanopy, florida, known as the town that time forgot, a convertible float and a throwback to simpler times. across the country, 15,000 immigrants are celebrating the fourth for the first time as american citizens. like these kids, 41 of them from 14 countries naturalized aboard the "us us iowa" in southern california. at the ballparks, everything from special socks to commemorative jerseys, a reminder baseball is america's pastime. and tonight, when you look up, know that beyond the fireworks, sitting among the stars are two
americans celebrating this great country's birth in the cosmos. astronauts peggy whitson and jack fisher, sending down this video from the international space station. check out those pants. peggy posting on twitter, here's what happens when space folk take some pictures to show their usa pride. happy birthday, usa. thanks so much for watching on this fourth of july. i'm tom llamas in new york. david will be right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night.
ncht lots of people are expected ahead of tonight's fireworks show. >> the party got started early with parades all around the bay area. we have team coverage. kate larson is in redwood city. >> reporter: happy 4th. the fourth of july means fireworks. it's going to be quite a show here in a short time. here in the south bay, san jose kicked off the day with a special parade. it's 10th annual rose white and
blue parade. it's great way to kick off the 4th in is the tenth annual rose white and blue parade. san jose has had celebrations of parades off and on since 1896. >> how many years have you come to the parade? >> maybe eight. seven or eight. >> reporter: that means niki and nancy have been enjoying this parade before some of them were born including jack. >> that big flag over there. look at that. look it. >> that's a big flag. no question about that. it's bigger than you are. >> it's bigger than me. >> reporter: lily and tony have called san jose home for a half century. the highlight for them. >> just seeing such a combination of