this is bbc news. the headlines at 9am: it looks to be back on. preparations for a summit next month with north korean leader kimjong—un and president trump are going ahead as originally planned. the government is considering whether to expand england's network of national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. senior politicians call for northern ireland's strict abortion laws to be relaxed, as voters in the irish republic overwhelmingly back change in a referendum. also in the next hour: spectacular overnight storms cause disruption. a lightning strike at stansted airport knocked out the aircraft fuelling system, causing severe delays to flights. no planes are currently allowed to land there. lightning not striking twice but around 15,000 times, as thunderstorms and torrential rain swept across parts of southern britain. liverpool fans in despair as two mistakes from their goalkeeper help real madrid to win the champions league final in kiev.
and our sunday morning edition of the papers is at 9:35. this morning's reviewers are robert fox, defence editor at the london evening standard and prashant rao, deputy europe business editor at the new york times. good morning and welcome to bbc news. north korea's leader, kimjong—un, is committed to de—nuclear—isation. that's the view of south korea's president who met him for the second time this month, on saturday. as preparations for a summit with the united states get back on track, moonjae—in said mr kim's main concern is the stability of his government and he's not sure that washington can guarantee it.
0ur correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes is in seoul. nothing conveys the dramatic change of mood here in korea than this, president moonjae—in and kimjong un embracing once again. just 2a hours earlier, president moon had seen months of careful diplomacy blown apart by a letterfrom the us president. now he was being welcomed to a second secret summit with kim jong un by his younger sister. we now know this meeting was requested by kim himself and arranged in just one day. it is a measure ofjust how badly kimjong un wants the summit with president trump to go ahead. the south korean president said kim told him he is committed to the complete denuclearisation of the korean peninsula, but is worried about america's aggressive intentions towards his regime. from president trump to the noises
are now increasingly optimistic. from president trump too the noises are now increasingly optimistic. having cancelled the summit on thursday, by saturday the us president sounded as if that had never happened. we're doing very well in terms of the summit with north korea. as you know, there are meetings going on as we speak. a lot of people are working on it. it's looking very nicely. were looking at 12 june in it's looking very nicely. were looking at 12june in singapore, that hasn't changed. it has been an extraordinary week. north korea putting on dramatic show of blowing up its nuclear test facilities. accusations and epithets flying between pyongyang and washington. a summit that was on, then off, then maybe on again. predictions are now a dangerous game
to play, but it does appear these three men, all for their own particular reasons, do want the singapore meeting to happen. 0ur correspondent rupert wingfield hayes is in seoul. what else came out of this surprise some of that can perhaps give some hope that can be a peaceful transaction between these three men? well, i think what's really interesting is, as i said in the piece, this was requested by kim jong—un, and that is a clear indication they want us to go ahead. president trump has responded more
positively. president moon is now acting as a go—between between these two leaders. i think the big question that sort of still hangs over all of this is, yes, pyongyang wa nts a over all of this is, yes, pyongyang wants a summit. it appears president trump is keen for this to take place as well. there is this big question hanging over all of it, which is, what does kim jong—un mean when he says he wants to do denuclearisation korean peninsular and he is committed to that? does that mean he is willing to new latter a give up his nuclear weapons? i think the a nswer to his nuclear weapons? i think the answer to that is probably no. that if the answer is no, how is president trump going to react when he gets in a room with hemant discovers he's not going to get the
deal he is open for. all three men are having to perform for their own audiences at home. murk none of them wa nt to audiences at home. murk none of them want to look naive or weak. that's right. all of them have different agendas. to the question going into this potential renewed summit in singapore is, what can each of them ta ke singapore is, what can each of them take away? what qualifies as a woman? for a take away? what qualifies as a woman? fora kim take away? what qualifies as a woman? for a kimjong—un, take away? what qualifies as a woman? fora kimjong—un, a win is just holding the summit and getting a face—to—face meeting with president trump. that enhances his stature as a world leader, it's what the north koreans have wanted really for generations. i think the big question is, what is a win for president trump? he's not going to get the unilateral disarmament that he once. this is something that no
other previous president has been able to do. the other problem for donald trump as well is learning more and more about how much north korea is on its knees, extreme poverty. there are communities in north korea starving. perhaps that is why kim jong—un is forced to reach out to america and the wider world and build bridges yet again. that will be hard to ignore especially if some if not all that is to sanctions. most of what we talk about when it comes to north korea is educated guesswork because we don't really know what kim jong—un‘s motivations are. if you talk to different people in south korea, which is where the professional north korea watchers live and watched north korea from, and there are still at the division of whether it is the economic sanctions and the threat of military
action against north korea which has brought him to the negotiating table, or actually that he is coming because he now believes he is in a position of strength. he has succeeded in developing nuclear weapons and long range intercontinental missiles. he had a successful year last year with his missile programme and he now feels confident enough to say, i don't need to develop these any more, i'm at the stage where i can now walk into a negotiation with the us president and as the leader of a confirmed nuclear—power. president and as the leader of a confirmed nuclear-power. thank you. england could get more national parks as part of a review of the country's landscape. the environment secretary, michael gove, said the review would also look at whether to increase the number of areas of outstanding natural beauty. ben ando reports. the cpre are now fighting for great tracts of land to be used for national parks.
between the wars, the battle raged for britain's open spaces and the right to roam. there were mass trespasses, arrests and propaganda films like this. but it wasn't until 1951 that the post—war government legislated to create britain's first national park, here in the peak district, a place where ordinary people could enjoy the extraordinary beauty of nature and that would be protected from overzealous developers. over the intervening years, others have been added. the lake district, dartmoor, snowdonia in wales and the cairngorms in scotland. now, there are 15 national parks. 70 years on, the environment secretary michael gove says it is time for a fresh look at the system. writing in the sunday telegraph, prime minister gove says a growing population and decline in some habitats could not be ignored and he is ordering a review, which he says has the aim of strengthening protection in the face of present—day challenges. challenges like new housing estates encroaching on the outer edges of national parks and britain's 3a designated areas of outstanding natural beauty.
the government has previously talked about a 25 year environment plan and a green brexit. mr gove knows it may be hard to balance demand for new homes with the desire to protect britain's open spaces, whether green and pleasant or wild and rugged. police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman who fell ill at mutiny music festival in portsmouth. their deaths are separate incidents and not being treated as suspicious. earlier the festival issued a warning about a dangerous high strength or bad batch substance on the site and have urged festival—goers not to take any drugs. we have just heard that the festival
will not open today. the investigation is ongoing into those two death is not said to be linked. we will keep you updated if we hear anything more. the storms across the south of england last night caused serious disruption at stansted airport this morning with hundreds of passengers stranded and flights delayed at the start of half term. joining me now with more is our correspondent sarah corker who has been following this story. 0vernight, a lightning strike affected the airports main refuelling system. a technical issue meant trucks could not connect to any of the aircraft so none of them could be refuelled. that has caused extreme disruption throughout the morning. engineers were on site and have now fixed the issue. as you can
expect, that has meant many planes have not been able to take off and airport have told me to expect severe disruption, delays and cancellations throughout the day. i spoke to a colleague who was sat on a ryanair flight at the moment and has been stuck on the tarmac for the last three overs. waiting for his claim to be refuelled. the advice from the airport is to contact your airline to get the latest details about flight times and what is actually happening. thank you for that update. the storm woke me up this morning. huge storm over essex. thank you. a landslide vote in favour of overturning ireland's abortion ban gives hope to northern ireland, that's according to penny mordaunt, the minister for women and equalities. the referendum result has sparked calls for the issue to be reassessed in northern ireland, where laws are much stricter than the rest of the uk. ireland's prime minister said those
who had voted against repeal would be unhappy but that a quiet revolution had taken place. for me it is also a day when we say "no more". no more to doctors telling their patients that there's nothing can be done for them in their own country. no more lonely journeys across the irish sea. no more stigma, as the veil of secrecy is lifted. and no more isolation, as the burden of shame is gone. 0ur northern ireland correspondent, chris page, joins me now from dublin. remind us what are the current abortion laws? women can only have terminations of their is a permanent or serious risk to her health. in dublin today, people are reflecting on the significance of the referendum result. people voted by a margin of two: one to effectively overturned
this ban. it says here that ireland has wrestled with its past and the sunday times has said alan has opened the door to abortion. it had thought that this would in turn leads to a change in the lord north of the border. they may well be considering whether to open up abortion services here in the republic to woman from northern ireland. the sunday times in london is reporting some senior conservative mps have been calling on the government to consider legislating for northern ireland to loosen up the restrictions on abortion there, but it is worth remembering that of the five main
political parties in northern ireland, none of them are right in favour of extending abortion laws to northern ireland. the largest party, the dup, currently propping up theresa may's minority government at westminster are opposed to any change in the law. yesterday, ian paisley treated that northern ireland should not be bullied into accepting abortion on demand. so pastor will be campaigning for the laws to change, it is not guaranteed that will happen. rbs has failed to appreciate the impact of its decision to close dozens of branches in scotland, a report by mps has found. the scottish affairs committee described the move as a devastating blow for communities affected. it is urging the bank to halt plans to axe up to 62 branches. rbs said the closures were in response to an increase in mobile and online banking. the headlines on bbc news:
donald trump has indicated that preparations for a summit next month with the leader of north korea, kimjong—un, are going ahead as originally planned. england could get more national parks after the environment secretary, michael gove, announced he's launching a review into the country's natural landscapes. politicians are calling for northern ireland's strict abortion laws to be liberalised, after voters in the irish republic overwhelmingly backed changes in their referendum. liverpool's dreams of lifting the european cup for a sixth time came to a crushing end last night — when they were defeated 3—1 by real madrid in the champions league final. the spanish side have won the tournament three times in as many years under manager zinedine zidane. our sports correspondent david 0rnstein was at the stadium in kiev.
the kings of european football... real madrid, champions of europe for a 13th time. liverpool, heartbroken. the reds arrived with dreams of another famous triumph, but soon suffered the cruellest of blows. mohamed salah, their inspiration all season, hauled to the ground forced off, inconsolable. the key threat removed, real could rally, and were gifted the lead. an inexplicable error by loris karius punished by karim benzema. liverpool's blushes were temporarily speared were temporarily spared when sadio mane levelled the tie. however, real are a great side for a reason, and gareth bale showed why. 0n as a substitute, the welshman defied gravity to make the seemingly impossible a reality. a moment worthy of winning any match, and bale
since sealed the trophy — another horror show from karius, and real would reign once again. so liverpool's unforgettable journey comes to an agonising end. the supporters here and at home will be distraught. losing to real madrid is no disgrace, but the circumstances will leave a bitter taste, and a whole summer to ponder how different it could've been. hawaii's kilauea volcano, which has been erupting for the past month, has spewed a column of ash up to 11—thousand feet into the air. to 11,000 feet into the air. a broad flow of lava has also advanced to within half a mile of a geothermal power station — having destroyed dozens of nearby homes. hawaii civil defence is distributing free masks for the protection of local residents. the names of the first colleges in england that will teach new technical qualifications have been announced by the government. the courses for 16—year—olds are intended to be on a par with a levels.
there have been concerns that the courses, some of which start being taught from september 2020, are being brought in too quickly. the government says it makes no apology for ensuring young people have more more opportunities to fulfil their potential. they informed churchill that hitler was dead and picked up on the first reports of the nuclear disaster at chernobyl. bbc monitoring has been covering breaking international stories as they happen for more than 70 years. but now the team are set to bid farewell to caversham park, the grand building it has called home since the second world war. david sillito has been to meet the men and women who've listened into history. translation: this is moscow... i have today been informed by chairman khrushchev... welcome to caversham. and this is? the listening room. this is where you listened to the world?
it was indeed. and i would sit in a position over there to do spanish. i would sit over here to do french... so, were you a spy? no, not at all. open source broadcasting. archive footage: the listening posts at caversham are a major source of news and information... what they were doing was listening to the world's news broadcasts, gathering information vital for newsrooms and government. this is a transcript that confirmed the end of the second world war. the cuban missile crisis came to an end after monitors here heard a speech from the soviet leader nikita khrushchev. linda ebhurst started working here more than 50 years ago, and in the days before computers telling the world a major news story had broken was down to fast typing, carbon copies and a handcranked pulley. so you've got the three copies. what do you do? well, you need to take the flash
for the newsroom first, so you come out through the door, into the hall, through there, into the newsroom. and then? and then you've got to give a copy to the americans. where are they? top floor. how do you get it up there? you had a little table with a rope pulley, and two wooden boxes, and a bell. a rope pulley, to announce major news stories, to the rest of the world and america? yes, so you would press the button and up it would go. chris mosley started working at caversham in the 1980s. it was a building with a mood, a mix of aristocratic splendour and civil service tea trolleys. the atmosphere was very much the cold war atmosphere, i'd say. we were running on adrenaline, in some ways. today it's almost deserted. the last few monitors are preparing to go. but this abandoned floor holds a particular memory. in 1986, we're talking about... radio: the soviet government reports... he was listening to swedish news and heard mention of radiation. radiation coming from chernobyl.
so outside of sweden, and the soviet union, you were the first person to know? yes. i think i was. mps on the defence select committee have voiced concerns about monitoring leaving caversham, but the bbc says times have moved on. it is, though, the end of an era. it's a great shame. monitoring has been here since 1943, which means that this year is the 75th anniversary of monitoring occupying caversham park. that is sad. very sad. but life moves on. music lovers across the uk have been treated to a second day of headline acts as part of the bbc‘s biggest weekend which by its close will see more than 100 artists perform in england, scotland, wales and northern ireland over four days.
saturday saw stars including ed sheeran, franz ferdinand and noel gallagher take to the stage. # i'm in love with the shape of you # we push and pull like a magnet, too # although my heart is thrown into # i'm in love with the shape of you # i say, don't you know # you say you don't know # i say, take me out # one i love # i ain't found nothing like this # like this # i ain't found nothing like this # no, i ain't found nothing quite like this # every time you hurt me,
the less that i cry # and every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry # and every time you walk out, i still love you # we don't stand a chance, it's sad but it's true # i'm way too good at goodbyes let's cross to our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba who is at singleton park in swansea. was that really someone playing the scissors with noel gallagher? ! bizarre. we will investigate. a great day yesterday and another one promised today. i'm nowjoined by the opening act, tom walker, in swa nsea. the opening act, tom walker, in swansea. you have played places like
glastonbury, you've played to tiny venues with your old band. how do you think today will compare? venues with your old band. how do you think today will compare7m will be massive. i am fortunate to be on the indoor stage, so it might rain! can't get any better. what is the inspiration for so much of your music? a cliched question. is such a wide variety of styles. isjust everyday life. things going on with me, with my mates. i try to keep it real. i don't write stories about —— i don't write songs about imaginary stories, it has to be relatable. did you think you would achieve this kind of success so quickly?“ you think you would achieve this kind of success so quickly? if you told me when i was younger, you will get 150 million streams, i would say, give over eight! where did you
andi say, give over eight! where did you and i come from? i wrote that in a few hours. it's about my mrs. into weddings have been asked to play. laser light on, which many know very well. it's a personal song. it's about a mate of mine who lost his way through addiction. he came out the other side. everyone has been through something like that at some point in their lives. what is it like when you're on stage and there are so many faces like when you're on stage and there are so many faces looking up to you, hanging on your every word. it's an amazing feeling, i have to say. i'm big into putting everything into the songs. it's not something you get used to, itjust gets better and better. you are on the stage later on today. have a fantastic time.
from here in swansea, back to you. we need to get you a better tent than that! the weather forecast is not looking great. thank you. tributes have been paid to the american astronaut, alan bean, who's died in houston after a short illness. the 86—year—old was the fourth person to walk on the moon as part of the apollo 12 mission in 1969. shuba krishnan looks back at his life. in november 1969, alan bean became just a fourth man to walk on the moon. together with apollo 12 commander, charles pete conrad, they landed their vessel on the ocean of storms and took those historic steps on the lunar surface. they extensively explored the area, collecting rocks and soil for study back on earth and installing the first nuclear powered generator station on the moon. he then returned to space four years
later when he commanded a flight to the space research station skylab. he spent 59 days in space, which was a record at the time. alan bean was a man of many talents. the native texan received a degree in aeronautical engineering from the university of texas before spending time at the us navy as a test pilot. after he eventually retired from nasa in 1981, he turned his attention to painting. he devoted his time to creating an artistic record of humanity's first exploration of another world. he was giving up a lot to decide to become an artist. about half of the astronauts thought it might be a good idea, the other half thought he was crazy. he often used elements from his space missions in his creations, like his astronaut suit patches stained with moon dust. this is the flag that was on the left shoulder of my spacesuit. they gave me the flag
that was on the left shoulder of my spacesuit. and the nasa patch was right here on my suit. apollo 12, right here on my suit. and this nametag was on my remote control unit. i think probably am the luckiest guy you've ever met or any of your viewers have ever seen. i lived my whole life just doing things that i thought would be the most fun to do. thunderstorms and torrential rain swept across parts of southern britain overnight, with frequent lightning flashing across the sky. around 15,000 lightning strikes were recorded in four hours on saturday night. the thunderstorms swept northwards across the south of england, the midlands and wales and are expected to continue throughout today. many people got out their cameras to photograph and video the electrical storm, which was called utterly
insane and like being under a strobe light. the met office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain and flooding. now for the weather. hello there, sunny sunday out there for a fair few there are a few thunderstorms for the review, not as many as we saw last night, a night of severe storms, in total, the storms have moved their way northwards and saw round 50,000 lightning flashes. blue skies overhead. into tonight, the showers fade, so that the odd rumble of thunder.