hello, and a very good morning from singapore. i'm babita sharma. it's 7am on monday the 11th ofjune. we're counting down to what's billed as a truly historic summit. and i'm rico hizon. all eyes are on this tiny city—state, where president trump and kim jong—un are set to meet face to face an event that could change the world. welcome to our special coverage here on newsday. the key players are now in place. donald trump touched down in singapore on airforce one. kim jong—un arrived before him. north korea says the summit will discuss de—nuclearisation and a permanent and durable peace. with the world's media watching their every move, the question is can the two sides find enough common ground to reach a deal?
in other news. from smiles at the g7 summit to a war of words. the us accuses canada of bad faith and back—stabbing. this is bbc world news. it's newsday. welcome to singapore for a special edition of newsday on the eve of the historic summit between us president, donald trump, and the leader of north korea, kimjong—un. both men are already here, preparing for the big day on tuesday. it will be the first time a sitting us president will meet a north korean leader. the white house hopes the meeting will begin a process that will lead to pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons. kimjong—un, for his part, wants security guarantees, respect on the global stage and an end to international sanctions in order to build the economy. north korean state media is now reporting that the two leaders will discuss a way of creating
permanent and durable peace, and de—nuclearization, on the korean peninsula. our correspondent, laura bicker, has the latest. the waiting is over. the hard work starts now. donald trump has arrived in singapore to try to do a deal that has eluded past us presidents. he hopes his unconventional political style will persuade kimjong—un to disarm. i think within the first minute, i'll know. reporter: how? just my touch, my feel, that's what i do. the north korean leader doesn't look like he's feeling his way. considering this is his debut on the world's diplomatic stage, he looked calm and relaxed as he discussed his hopes for peace with the singaporean prime minister. he's taking no chances with security. his hand—picked bodyguards
have flown with him, along with his bullet—proof limousine. thousands took the chance to catch a rare glimpse of this usually reclusive leader. if mr kim is trying to transition from nuclear armed dictator to global statesman, this summit is offering him the perfect platform. at this church in singapore, south koreans pray for the possibilities this may offer. and tears for the years of war the peninsula endured. some have criticised south koreans for being overly optimistic about this meeting. but after a year of brinkmanship, most see the summit itself as progress. translation: there's a korean saying that the first spoonful of food will not make you full. i know the summit will be the first step to much bigger changes,
so even if the results aren't significant, i'll be thankful. while every detail is being dealt with on the island where they'll meet, no—one is really sure whether they'll be in this secluded spot for two minutes, two hours, or even two days. the hopes of nearly 70 million korean people lie here. it's their best chance of peace in decades, and it's fallen to an unpredictable us president and an untested north korean leader. perhaps the calm waters of this luxury resort will compel them to take tentative steps towards a deal. but rarely has there been a summit with higher steaks and greater uncertainty over its outcome. laura bicker, bbc news, singapore. with me is professor robert kelly from pusan national university
of south korea. we do not know much besides rhetoric. the attention of the world is in singapore. it is hot already, 28 degrees. we are in singapore city overlooking the financial district and the marina bay, which attracts thousands of people from around the world. and their version of the london eye. and that's a concert hall there. i can tell you we know delegations from both kim jong—un and donald trump will be meeting separate from the two men who will meet at 9am on tuesday morning. once again, robert kelly. what do we know
about today? we know that various people from various camps are having conversations. what is that about? putting down the ground work for tomorrow. they have been quiet about what will happen. there has been a rumour that donald trump would like a one—on—one with kim jong—un. rumour that donald trump would like a one—on—one with kimjong—un. they said we will see what happens. when i saw you tweet about that, you were like "gasps, one to one?" backer do real things. i am like "gasps, one to one?" backer do realthings. i am concerned. like "gasps, one to one?" backer do realthings. lam concerned. donald trump has said he does not want to prepare. i am concerned about what kim jong—un will tell him. that is why residents have matter when it is not traditional. we will talk about
those advisors with trump. mike pompeo, for example. bolton, hawkish in his approach with foreign policy. what is your thinking about this team? you have to bring the whole show and entourage. this is what they are telling us. will it be about denuclearisation? these issues are complicated. the big question is bolton. he has been a big advocate of regime change in north korea. what if this does not work?m of regime change in north korea. what if this does not work? it is ha rd what if this does not work? it is hard for you to sum this up for me ina minute, hard for you to sum this up for me in a minute, but all the options on the table, talk us through does. so, denuclearisation and a deal. that could be about missiles, especially those that could hit the us. hopefully we get into things like
north korean human rights. i hope thatis north korean human rights. i hope that is brought up. north koreans will want an that is brought up. north koreans will wantan aid that is brought up. north koreans will want an aid package. and certainly sanction relief. those are the things in play. both sides have been so quiet we are speculating. few days ago donald trump said we will just see few days ago donald trump said we willjust see how it goes. he said he will follow his hunches after a minute to see if he likes him. a lot has been said in social media about a pact for world peace. it is about playing from your gut. george w bush said the same kind of thing and it did not go so well. they said we will give it time. he is the leader of the world's most abusive human rights regime. we just of the world's most abusive human rights regime. wejust have to make sure this does not go too fast. go a bit slower and get staff involved,
no one—on—one, have experts at the table so we can talk about the details. we will see. yes. as the president would say. you will be with us. i will. thank you. and the two lea d e rs with us. i will. thank you. and the two leaders are about 500 metres apart from each other. that is right. the bbc‘s mariko oi joins us now from outside the shangri—la hotel here in singapore where president trump is staying. security is very tight. this is the eve of the summit. monday morning. kimjong—un, eve of the summit. monday morning. kim jong—un, donald trump. eve of the summit. monday morning. kimjong—un, donald trump. north korea and american delegations. what is on the agenda? as you said, sorry ifi is on the agenda? as you said, sorry if i have not really caught your question clearly, as you can see,
there is heavy police security behind me. we were told to move from where we were which was the entrance to the wing of the shangri—la hotel with donald trump staying in it. this is the main building of the shangri—la hotel were ordinary guests can still stay. as you mentioned, security is definitely tight. the two leaders as you mentioned will be meeting on tuesday. the question remains as to what they will be doing today. we know for now officially donald trump will be meeting the prime minister of singapore who met with kim jong—un yesterday. that summit was broadcast live on the prime minister ‘s facebook page. very singapore, very 2018. that could happen later today. we do not know exactly what time the meeting between donald trump and kimjong—un time the meeting between donald trump and kim jong—un will take place either. we will wait here or
morning. if his cargo is behind us we should hopefully catch that. —— car goes behind us. marika oi lay joining us from the shangri—la hotel we re joining us from the shangri—la hotel were donald trump is staying. —— where. let's get some other news now from other parts of the world. as president trump made his way to singapore from the g7 summit in canada, he rejected the closing joint statement all the heads of government had just agreed. it sparked huge criticism from his european allies. but president trump's advisers defended him, saying the us had been stabbed in the back following comments by the canadian prime minister on trade tariffs. here's our north america correspondent, chris buckler. we had a great time in canada, it's a great country. i'm now going to singapore and i'll see you there. thank you. president trump tried to sound positive as he left quebec for a second summit, having signed up to a finaljoint communique. a face—saving agreement after what was in reality a bad—tempered meeting. inside, there had been no hiding the divides between america and the other g7 nations over its imposition of steep tariffs. as canadians, we're polite,
we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around. donald trump responded to those remarks from onboard air force one, with tweets that withdrew america from the agreement, and attacked justin trudeau, who he said had acted so meek and mild during the g7 meetings. in fact, he said, he was dishonest and weak. he really kind of stabbed us in the back. and in a series of interviews white house advisers made clear in no uncertain terms that daggers have been drawn. there is a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with president donald] trump, and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door, and that's what bad faith justin trudeau did with that stunt press conference.
america has argued that tariffs on imported steel and aluminium are needed to protect its national security, but that seems to be at the expense of age—old relationships. the national security pretext is absurd and frankly insulting to canadians. the closest and strongest ally the us has had. america's old allies have been united in sending a message to the white house. after the difficult diplomacy in quebec, there is an open frustration with president trump, particularly after his late withdrawal from that supposedly agreed g7 statement. even his old friend the french president emmanuel macron has been fiercely critical. in a statement he said that international cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throw away remarks. the images that emerged from this g7 told their own story. president trump out of step with the other leaders, and in his quest to put america first, it increasingly looks like america sits alone. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. also making news today.
a fire in warehouses storing iraqi election ballots for a recount, has been brought under control. iraq's interior ministry says most ballot boxes are safe. the outgoing parliamentary speaker, who lost his seat, said the fire was deliberate and demanded an election re—run. last week, parliament ordered a recount over electoral fraud claims. ethiopia's prime minister has promised water supplies to egypt will not be disrupted by a massive dam ethiopia is building on the river nile. egypt's president abdul fattah al—sisi said he was close to resolving differences with ethiopia's abiy ahmed. the meetings in cairo suggest the long delayed hydro—electric project, africa's largest, could soon be completed. and protestors in spain's basque country have formed a 200 kilometre
human chain to call for a vote on greater autonomy for the region. tens of thousands of people joined hands in a line linking the cities of san sebastian and bilbao with the seat of the basque parliament in the region's capital vitoria. you're watching a special edition of newsday on the bbc. still to come, what does north korea want from the summit here in singapore, and what's it prepared to give in return? we'll take a cool hard look at what might be on the table when president trump meets kim jong—un on tuesday. the day the british liberated the falklands, and by tonight, british troops had begun the task
of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorby—mania at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who, for them, has raised great hopes for an end for the division of europe. michaeljackson was not guilty on all charges, the screams of the crowd testament to his popularity and their faith in his innocence. as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll get out there and kick 'em down the hill. what does it feel like to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it's pretty neat. feels marvellous, really. welcome back to a special edition of newsday.
we're looking ahead to the historic summit between us president donald trump and north korean leader kimjong—un. with just over 2a hours to go, north korean state media says the two will discuss de—nuclearisation, and a permanent and durable peace. just months ago, the two leaders were trading insults. let's get the view from the us. jessica lee is the interim executive director for the council of korean—americans, who joins us now from washington. we'd just mentioned about what the north korean media bureau is saying, denuclearisation and peace is what kim jong—un wants denuclearisation and peace is what kimjong—un wants in denuclearisation and peace is what kim jong—un wants in this meeting. n we kim jong—un wants in this meeting. —— wejust kim jong—un wants in this meeting. —— we just mentioned. what are your thoughts? well, i think part of the issue we are grappling with here in
washington is what both countries mean by denuclearisation. of course, technical experts argue, rightly, that this will be along term process. it is not something you can start and turn on immediately and voila, you are done. i think it remains to be seen what the two sides agree will count has denuclearisation. is itjust of north korea or is it the entire korean peninsula? if it is the latter, there are security issues the united states is concerned about and they will come into play. in your view, what should they be talking about in terms of denuclearisation? what would you wa nt to denuclearisation? what would you want to see from this summit?” think, you know, iam not a nuclear security expert but i have spent ten yea rs security expert but i have spent ten years here in washington and know that this should be seen as part of a beginning of a long—term process. we are talking about two countries
who haven't really spoken to each other, officially, in decades. and we are talking about a part of the world where there is still technically war. we have an armistice, not a peace treaty. i would love for this summit to really be the beginning of really talking about why the situation is as it is in the korean peninsula, and how we got there, and peel back the different layers of animosity and mistrust and really work from the bottom up. because this is far bigger than a nuclear crisis, it is far bigger than an icbm hitting the united states. it is really about east asian security and what the united states is willing to commit to in order to put something that is a bit more sustainable and long—term on the table, rather than the volatile situation we have today. how are koreans in general, and korean americans, viewing this summit? i think korean americans, you know, there are 1.7 million of us you know, there are 1.7 million of us here in the united states and we
are cautiously to mystic that this talk in singapore will go well. —— cautiously optimistic. the american public generally support what president trump is doing in terms of talking directly to the north korean government, rather than talking past each other, which is what we have had in the past, and that is not really working out well for the united states. so i think korean americans like me, who have relatives in south korea and probably north korea if i traced back far enough, you know, the tit—for—tat and the brinkmanship we have seen, the verbal assaults between the united states and north korea, we really hope they. and that something durable will take place. —— hope they will come to a stop. jessica leeds, thank you for your insights. —— lee. the world's attention is of course very much focused here on singapore
in the coming days. just to give you a piece of information we heard from lease your long, the prime minister of singapore, who held a press conference yesterday and talked about how staging this event is costing the singaporean authorities and the people of singapore, if you like, $20 million. there are 5000 security personnel guarding this event, including 3000 people who have been accredited to gain access to it as well. it is a huge operation. nicholas fang joins me, the director of security and global affairs at the singapore institute of international affairs. good morning. you are used in this heat, i'm not. you spoke to me about that earlier, about how the leaders will cope with the singaporean weather? yes, it is pretty well known that we have never really seen president trump or chairman kim in really hot, humid environments. most of the time we see them very comfortable engaging indoors. so besides these
security, obviously that is a huge priority for the organisers, but ensuring that be leaders and the participants in the summertime co mforta ble participants in the summertime comfortable and have a conducive environment where they can be redacted is a key priority. —— participants in the summit are co mforta ble. participants in the summit are comfortable. singapore is happy to play a small role, just as hosts, we are not mediators or moderating the discussions at all. but the actual provision of the venue, hopefully thatis provision of the venue, hopefully that is conducive and comfortable for the leaders to allow them to focus on the real content of the summit. that is the key priority and certainly something we have been focused on for the past few weeks at least. again, to organise something of this scale and magnitude generally requires months and months off preparation, we have had less than three months to pull it together. a week ago, it was on and off again. we are really happy both leaders are here. you looking forward to a good summit. singapore chosen for it being on mutual ground, as well. what is your
assessment, you have talked about it playing host, but i want to talk to you about the protocol involved in having these two leaders, and an historic summit of this kind here?” think it is a big endorsement, for singapore as a country under brand on international diplomatic circuit. we have always prided ourselves on being an honest broker, having good and open relationships with all parties, having trustworthy relationships. so having the confidence from the united states and north korea to be chosen as a venue, where they both feel co mforta ble venue, where they both feel comfortable and can have a proper meeting. in terms of the actual protocol itself, i think of course we have a lot of experience in the past in singapore, we hosted the taiwanese and chinese leaders in 2015, and we have had many international events in the past, we have hosted the shangri—la dialogue for many years, and we have many foreign dignitaries who visit singapore. so that experience of managing the protocol will be critical. we have to huge personalities, one known for being
slightly unpredictable, the other being slightly reclusive. so how we're going to manage the characters and personalities be critical as well. and of course he newsday we have been talking about how sentosa was chosen to play host to the actual talks. rico, you don't live to far away, do you? that's right, i live about ten minutes away from sentosa island. so you have kim jong—un staying at saint regis, donald trump at shangri—la, and those two leaders that you mentioned earlier, nicholas, the chinese leader and the taiwanese leader, meeting at the shangri—la, why was that held there? why was the cappella resort on sentosa island chosen for this summit?” cappella resort on sentosa island chosen for this summit? i was surprised as well. my bet was an shangri—la given all the infrastructure for the shangri—la dialogue. that was just a week ago. but we also know that sentosa island isa but we also know that sentosa island is a relatively self—contained island, the cappella actually sits on slightly higher ground. so in terms of being able to secure it and
defend it and cedar vale what is going on in the vicinity, that makes it quite suitable. —— surveil what is going on. i also heard from sources in the diplomatic corps, they said when they were talking about the right venue, they said that president trump liked mar—a—lago, he lacks a sort of country club environment. sentosa offers something like that. it is possibly the only place in singapore that has that sort of vibe, that feel, the country club and resort sort of environment. that is possibly why it was chosen, to make president trump feel comfortable as well. nicholas, thank you so much for joining well. nicholas, thank you so much forjoining us. we appreciate that. singapore very much on the map here. rico, i got this for you. a cup of coffee branded here, trump— kim summit, and a notebook so i can send you love letters. i will take that from you later this afternoon. thank you so much for watching this special edition of newsday. i'm rico hizon.
hello there. on sunday we saw heavy thunderstorms and showers across northern england and to southee scotland, but the majority of the country was warm , scotland, but the majority of the country was warm, dry and sunny, which led to a lovely day for many. some glorious sunday evening sun sets. we start monday morning off on a fine sets. we start monday morning off on afine and sets. we start monday morning off on a fine and dry note. have lost the overnight showers and storms across northern areas but we are ready to do it all again. plenty of sunny spells as those temperatures rise. that could set off a few heavy showers and thunderstorms, namely a high—grade feature. through monday morning there will be plenty of sunshine. a bit of cloud in central and eastern scotland, showers developing here but the heaviest will be over the pennines and maybe into the high ground of wales in the south—west of inward. elsewhere, dry again, top temperatures 2a or 25 degrees. a bit cooler across the north—eastern coasts. we have a
ridge of high pressure across the country for tuesday. a bit of a northerly breeze as well, so that will take the edge off the temperatures somewhat across the eastern side of the country. you will notice that breeze especially close to the coast. a bit more cloud around, across the board it will feel a bit fresher on tuesday, with some sunshine breaking out here and there. high temperatures generally in the upper teens, celsius, with a top temperature of around 20 degrees. so, we move out of tuesday into wednesday. this is where we start to see the changes. this area of low pressure is pushing into the north—west corner of the country later on in the day. for most of wednesday, and other finance later on in the day. for most of wednesday, and otherfinance dry one. some good spells of sunshine around. the odd shower may develop over the high ground, especially across wales. a dry and warm afternoon, warmer than tuesday at. temperatures bouncing back up into the mid—20s celsius across central and southern areas. across western, central and southern island, more persistent cloud and rain pushing m, persistent cloud and rain pushing
in, which will hurtle across the country wednesday night and into thursday. a deep area of low pressure, something we have not seen for a long while. that leaves into the north of the uk and we're likely to see gale force winds, 5060 mile an hour gusts of when —— winds. tending to weaken as it reaches south—eastern parts of england. elsewhere, good news for gardeners and growers. in the afternoon of the track sunshine and showers. these will be blustery across northern areas, where it will feel fresher. we could make 2021 across the south—east, given some brightness, after the rain clears. the main message for the week ahead is that we will see changes. it starts out warm and dry but turns unsettled with a spell of wet and windy weather moving through and also turning fresherfor all weather moving through and also turning fresher for all of us. this is bbc world news, the headlines — us president donald trump and north korean leader kimjong—un are both in singapore and preparing for their historic summit. the white house says it hopes the meeting will begin a process that will lead to pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons.
north korean state media says the summit between president trump and leader kim jong—un will discuss a permanent and durable peace and denuclearisation on the korean peninsula. germany's chancellor angela merkel has called president trump's abrupt withdrawal, by twitter, from an agreed g7 communique, sobering and depressing. it was the latest barb in a day of recriminations after the g7 summit in canada. iraq's prime minister says a fire in warehouses storing election ballots due to be recounted, was an attempt to harm the democratic process. it's the first indication the government thinks the fire was deliberate. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.