this is bbc news. the headlines at eleven: the us—north korea summit is back on. after kim jong—un sent a letter to the white house, donald trump confirms they will meet in singapore later this month. we will be meeting onjune 12 in singapore, it went very well, it is a get to know you kind of situation, mike spent two days doing this, we've gotten to people very well. the government warns against an escalating trans—atlantic trade war as the eu, canada and mexico hit back at us tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. calls for the transport secretary to resign — as hundreds more trains are cancelled and another emergency timetable is announced. and on newsnight, populism is in charge in italy, that is the second big g7 country with a
non—traditional government. clearly people are voting for change, but the populace is really have new a nswers 7 the populace is really have new a nswe rs 7 we the populace is really have new answers? we will hear from a italian 5—star mp. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the meeting between the united states and north korea is back on. the first official from north korea ever to visit the whitehouse ever to visit the white house hand—delivered a letter from kimjong—un to donald trump earlier this evening — and shortly after the president emerged to say a summit between the two leaders in singapore will go ahead as originally planned in just under a fortnight. in a hint of the negotiations behind the scenes, he said he believes the north korean leader wants denuclearisation,
but also other things along the line. chris buckler has the latest from washington. the white house made a point of doing everything but ruling out a red carpet to welcome a former north korean intelligence chief. in the past the united states has accused the man of crimes including killing dozens the man of crimes including killing d oze ns of the man of crimes including killing dozens of south korean seamen. but today he was whisked through security to meet the president inside the opal office. and behind closed doors he was handed the much talked about letter from kim jong—un. they emerge side—by—side after more than one hour of discussion. a remarkable site given that last year the two countries appeared close to conflict. but after a ll appeared close to conflict. but after all that talk of war, there we re after all that talk of war, there were brief smiles. it seems they are prepared to discuss peace after all, the summit is back on. we will be meeting on june 12
the summit is back on. we will be meeting onjune 12 in singapore, it went very well, it is a get to know you kind of situation. and i think it will be a process, which i never said it goes in one meeting, i think it will be a process. but the relationships are building and that great positive. only a week ago president trump sent his own letter, cancelling the summit on what he called north korea's "tremendous anger and open still it if. the last two days of talks between north korea and us secretary of state mike pompeo seems as improved relations. it is not clear whether they have agreed on a name 01’ it is not clear whether they have agreed on a name or what the utilisation means. i do think so, he would like to see it happen, he wa nts to would like to see it happen, he wants to be careful, he is not going to run and do things, but i told him to run and do things, but i told him to be honest with you, look, we have very powerful sanctions, we would not take sanctions off unless they did that. in -- if kim jong-un's
letter did make a difference, it was the gesture, not its contents. president trump had not taken it out of the envelope by the time he waved goodbye to the north korean leader's right—hand man. the comings and goings of diplomacy can be difficult to follow at this white house. president trump also spoke this evening about the growing trade war involving the us. he called ‘unfair‘ today's retaliation by europe, as well as canada and mexico, to tariffs imposed by the president on steel and aluminium imported into the united states. us taxes of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium came into effect this morning. canada has retaliated with import taxes of their own , of up to 25%, on american products like whiskey and coffee, as well as some steel. mexico has put new tariffs on us steel and food, ranging from apples to cheese. and as for europe, the 28 states have a 10—page long list of products to target, from yachts to motorbikes to peanut butter.
it could affectjobs and the cost of goods here as the higher cost of imports is passed on to consumers. nick bryant reports. bethlehem pennsylvania used to be a powerhouse of the us steel industry. then it became a rustbelt powerbase of donald trump. after the closure of donald trump. after the closure of its main steel plan 20 years ago, many people here felt like economic castaways. stranded in a globalised economy that left them behind. in the presidential election, bethlehem voted republican for the first time since the 1980s. we had 30,000 people working here at one time. former steelworker tom does not like donald trump, but he loves the imposition of these tariffs. donald trump, but he loves the imposition of these tariffsli donald trump, but he loves the imposition of these tariffs. i think they will help the economy, i will help —— they were help general public, i think it is a good thing andi public, i think it is a good thing and i don't think the sky will fall.
iam not and i don't think the sky will fall. i am not worried about the impact of a trade war, it has been done before, it hasn't hurt, it is 30 or 40 before, it hasn't hurt, it is 30 or a0 yea rs before, it hasn't hurt, it is 30 or a0 years too late. before, it hasn't hurt, it is 30 or 40 years too late. the company was fresh and claims it is protecting us national security but this is more about protecting the us steel industry and protecting rustbelt towns. ronald trump believes he is rewarding his loyal supporters, and does not seem that worried about angering america's closest allies —— donald trump. tonight the president is deemed to single out the european union for criticism. if you take the european union and you see the kind of tariff they charge, and then we don't, that is called not fair trade. i want fair trade. at the european union is not taking it without a fight. he's retaliating and calling donald trump's action "a dangerous game. " this is weakening the transatlantic relations and it increases the risk of severe turbulence in the market globally. lectures and can never be a solution, and this will hurtjobs
here in the european union but also in the us. -- globalism. harley—davidson motorbikes are tariff target list of american imports targeted by the eu that includes levi's jeans and whiskey. there has been a rapid response from america's neighbours canada and mexico, imposing tariffs on $13 billion worth of us exports. tonight in the uk the prime minister stressed her deep disappointment, calling it an unjustified decision. words reiterated by her trade secretary. it is very, very u nfortu nate if we secretary. it is very, very unfortunate if we get into this tit—for—tat position, especially with one of our closest allies. nobody wins in a trade war, there are only casualties. port talbot steelworks in wales has balloted —— battle for its survival in recent yea rs. battle for its survival in recent years. now comes battle for its survival in recent years. now comes more battle for its survival in recent years. now comes more uncertainty. it is another kick in the teeth, after a ll it is another kick in the teeth, after all we have gone through, we
have worked hard to establish ourselves in the global market again, and now this has been thrown into ourlap, again, and now this has been thrown into our lap, through no fault of oui’ into our lap, through no fault of our own. britain export some £360 million worth of steel to america each year. and industry chiefs warned that tariffs could have wider, devastating effects. bethlehem, pennsylvania. where every christmas, a huge star blows from a hilltop. where every other night in the year, the sky is lit by the hungry furnaces of little steel. the year, the sky is lit by the hungry furnaces of little steelm is way too late to save bethlehem's steel plant, the american industry's heydayis steel plant, the american industry's heyday is a thing of the past. us unemployment dropped slater was lowest level in 18 years, fuelling the centre rustbelt revival and involving donald trump. —— dropped to its lowest level. earlier i spoke with miriam gonzalez, partner and international trade specialist at the law firm dechert and a former eu trade negotiator.
she shared her reaction to the news. it is much more worrying than a trade war, a trade war is a quid pro quo, itake trade war, a trade war is a quid pro quo, i take away something you take away something, and it quickly escalates. this is completely uncharted territory. we have never had anything like this since we established the current international trade order. we have the most powerful country, working away from a series of agreements, including a series of provisions in the wto. we used to have rogue states doing this kind of action, this is a completely new scenario. and it is very difficult, i have a lot of sympathy, not only for the european union but for canada, mexico, others, it is very difficult to know how to react. we have never been here before. an emergency timetable is being introduced by northern rail from monday after its new schedule, brought in a fortnight ago, plunged the service into chaos. the revised timetable means 165 fewer trains each day
until the end ofjuly. today there have been almost 300 trains cancelled across the northern network, which runs across greater manchester, yorkshire, cumbria and merseyside. and more than 100 services have been partly affected, meaning not stopping at some stations. our correspondent sima kotecha reports from preston. late or cancelled trains causing stress and panic. this is due to a shortage of train drivers... 100 trains with our drivers, i don't believe it. we have shortage of drivers at the moment... it has been going on for weeks. even before a new national timetable was implemented, more than a fortnight ago. penny to pull their fingers out and get their act together, they
have invented a new timetable, but they knew that was coming in and there for they should have planned for the additional drivers they say they need to meet the extra demand and the extra trains. the drivers union, the rmt, is calling on the transport secretary to resign, while leaders in the north wanting to take urgent action. they say part of the problem is that not all drivers have been trained on the new routes. there is a feeling among some commuters that israel services where this bad in the south, the government would have done more to make things better. they say it is 110w make things better. they say it is now up to ministers to prove that is not the case. in the south though, it has not been perfect either. with almost one in ten thameslink railway services cancelled all very late today. manchester has been chaotic two with cancellations and delays. chris grayling says he is meeting
mps on monday to discuss the problems, he was unavailable for interview but in a statement, he blamed network rail for taking too long to complete the new timetable. northern rail says it will be reducing services from monday, 165 fewer trains, and for two weeks, buses will replace the service on the lakes line which runs between windermere and oxen home. to some, patience is wearing thin. -- oxen. it is in credit with stressful and frustrating, when you paid money for a ticket to get somewhere and you don't get service. and a growing number of passengers are getting on one of these then on a faster train. visa has apologised to customers after a system failure meant some could not use their cards. earlier today users of the credit and debit cards across europe were unable to make contactless payments. the company is investigating the failure but says they have no reason to suspect it was due to malicious activity. two police officers
are in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in greenock this morning. pc laura sayer and pc kenny mackenzie were attacked while attending a call—out. a a3—year—old man has been arrested. a 20—year—old woman has died after a car was driven into a group of pedestrians in trafford park in greater manchester last night. five other people were seriously injured in the incident involving up to 60 cars. two men, aged 21 and 26, have been arrested. spain's prime minister mariano rajoy has been forced to resign, after losing a vote of no—confidence in parliament. applause. he is the first prime minister in modern spanish history to be defeated in a no—confidence motion. it follows a long—running corruption scandal involving his right of centre people's party.
the socialist party leader pedro sanchez, who tabled the vote against him, has been named as spain's new prime minister. the family of the only british person killed in the london bridge terror attack a year ago say they feel forgotten and their plans to put up a memorial plaque for their son have been blocked. james mcmullan was stabbed to death when three men armed with knives drove a van into pedestrians and attacked people in nearby borough market. mr mcmullan‘s father, simon, has been talking to our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford. the london bridge attack last year was part of a hugely traumatic few months. it happened days after the manchester attack and just before the grand shellfire. on a summer night three men drove the van into pedestrians on london bridge and then set about starting people enjoying an evening. —— grenfell.
the people murdered on a saturday night, were three frenchmen, two australian women and one canadian woman. the only reduced victim was james mcmullan. but his father simon and his mother and sister told me that all their attempts to remember james have been disregarded. they wa nted james have been disregarded. they wanted to put up his pluck but they have been turned down twice. —— put up have been turned down twice. —— put up this lark. we are that it is of people who need to express our desires to be able to put something thatis desires to be able to put something that is meaningful to all of us, but at least be able to pay respects in which we are of the family of someone which we are of the family of someone who has been caught up in this event being fit and not to be