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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting from singapore and london to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is sharanjit leyl. our top stories: on the eve of the historic us—north korea summit, donald trump says he feels "very good" about the talks. it will be the first face—to—face meeting between him and kim jong—un. north korea says it's willing to discuss denuclearisation and a permanent and durable peace. the world's media are watching their every move, but can the two sides find enough common ground to strike a deal? i'm nkem ifejika in london. also in the programme: from smiles at the g7 summit to a war of words. the us accuses canada of bad faith and back—stabbing. and not welcome in italy or malta. a row over the fate of six hundred migrants rescued from the mediterranean. welcome to singapore
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for our special coverage 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, starts our coverage. the waiting is over.
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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
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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
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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 perhaps the calm waters of this luxury resort will compel them uncertainty over its outcome. laura bicker, bbc news, singapore. our correspondent, barbara plett usher, is in singapore. let's get more analysis from south korea now. both leaders are here. president
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trump arrived last night. he has had a night to rest and recover. from his tweets this morning, it seems he is preoccupied with other things. he has been tweeting about the contentious meeting he left behind, the g7 summit, where he refused to sign the communique due to his anger with the canadian prime minister talking about retaliation for donald trump's tariffs. he also said there is excitement in the air. i think donald trump is excited. you can tell when he has talked about the summit in the past two days, he likes a grand and historic gesture, he likes to do things other presidents have not done, and that
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could be appealing to him. he is more in his comfort zone here than at the g7 meeting, him and one other person, one—on—one, a battle of wills. he sounds confident. he says he will know straightaway if something is possible. i think he is getting prepared today and is looking forward to this meeting which will take place tomorrow. as you said, these historic talks are taking place tomorrow. but today, he is about to meet the prime minister of singapore. do we know much about his schedule today? well, he does not have much on his schedule. he is meeting the prime minister, as kim jong—un did yesterday. we understand he will be holding closed meetings with his aides, preparing for the
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big event. it is not a full schedule at all. they are preparing for what they came here to do. we have spoken to the foreign minister who said now that he has met both of them, donald trump and kimjong—un, at the airport, he said both of them felt very confident and somewhat emotional about the idea, emotionally charged up, about the idea of managing to agree on something. they also offered words of caution saying expectations should be managed. there were histories of diplomatic failures, and it cannot be expected to be solved in one meeting. donald trump said this could be the start of a longer process if it is successful. he will still want to make sure he comes in as strong as he can. 0k. thank you for that. we will talk
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about everything at the media centre. we are just getting some news that donald trump's motorcade is arriving for that meeting with singapore's prime minister. of course, all of this is ahead of those historic talks with kim jong—un tomorrow. asia business correspondent karishma vaswani is joining us. she has talked to the foreign minister of singapore. we are both singaporean and there has been criticism over us having to foot the bill for kim jong—un and his delegation. what did the foreign minister tell you? yes, there has been a lot of resentment, it is fair to say, that singapore has become the glamorous backdrop for this event. it also has to pay for the security, the logistical challenge. this morning, confirmed to me by the singaporean foreign minister, they are also footing the bill for the north korean delegation and kim
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jong—un‘s hotel expenses. the minister said to me this is all part of what he would extend to any visitor coming to singapore, but it has raised a great deal of concern among singaporeans, it is fair to say. more importantly, the minister also told me he met with both president trump and kim jong—un last night and said both of these men appear supremely confident, supremely confident leaders, and they also appear to want to get something significant done from this summit. i spoke to him about the fa ct summit. i spoke to him about the fact both of them seem to have vastly different understandings of denuclearisation and what it means. this question of is clearly in the air. while i cannot share details of private discussions, both of them have indicated quite clearly this is
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the first meeting and you do not resolve 70 years of suspicion of war, and, quite frankly, of previous diplomatic failures, in one meeting. i think both of them are also signalling to all of us to manage oui’ signalling to all of us to manage our expectations. but again, on tuesday night, as i said, you have put two completely unconventional leaders, they may be able to pull a rabbit out of the hat that the rest of us conventional diplomats would not have been able to do. and that was your interview earlier with the singaporean foreign minister. i was also talking to the home minister of singapore today and he talked about the challenges of putting this together in terms of security. the home ministry is in charge of the security around a massive summit like this. in terms of what else the foreign minister told you, how much
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ofa foreign minister told you, how much of a challenge is this and what is the best case scenario we can expect? you have to understand this isa summit like expect? you have to understand this is a summit like no other topic in a poor has hosted international events on this scale before. but not with high—profile leaders like this. kim jong—un has special requirements as well. he is one of the most paranoid leaders in the world, especially about security. when asked the minister if you had to make special arrangements for him, he said this is the most highly secure operation and summit singapore has ever undertaken. —— if he had. a great deal of thinking went into this and they had to do it in record time. highly secure, and immensely historic, of course. we will be here covering all of the details leading up covering all of the details leading up to the historic talks tomorrow morning in singapore. back to you. donald trump it seems is not entirely focussed on the summit with chairman kim.
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he's once again taken to twitter to express how unhappy he is at the perceived trade deficit of the united states. he says this. why should i, as president of the united states, allow countries to continue to make massive trade surpluses, as they have for decades, while ourfarmers, workers and taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay? this, of course, refers to the g7 summit in canada, where he rejected the closing joint statement that all the heads of government had just agreed. it sparked huge criticism from his european allies. 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.
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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 faithjustin trudeau did with that stunt press conference. america has argued that tariffs on imported steel and aluminium are needed to protect
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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: the images that emerged from this g7 told their own story. president trump out of step with the other leaders,
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and in his quest to put america first, it increasingly looks like america sits alone. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. stay with us on bbc news. still to come. rescued in the mediterranean, but still stranded. a ship carrying six hundred african migrants is barred from landing by italy and malta. 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
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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. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: 0n the eve of the historic us—north korea summit, donald trump says he feels "very good" about the talks. both he and kim jong—un are in singapore. north korea says the summit will discuss denuclearisation and a permanent and durable peace. let's stay with that story and go back to sharanjit leyl in singapore. sharanjit, you are singaporean. how exciting is tha
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for people there? that's right. it is extraordinary. this is the most historic thing that has happened here since independence and all eyes, the spotlight is on the glamorous skyline and the fact that international broadcasters all over the world are focusing on it over the world are focusing on it over the world are focusing on it over the next few days. many singaporeans are proud yet apprehensive. let's talk about the apprehension and did it more analysis now from south korea from analysis now from south korea from an international relations lecturer. based in solent has joined as over the last few hours, looking at this story. -- based in seoul. we have since heard from mike pompeo who has tweeted that the us still wants
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permanent, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of north korea's nuclear weapons. they indicated this a few weeks ago as well. how hard will that be to achieve tomorrow when the leaders sit down for the talks? even if north korea were to agree to those terms and they agreed to enter into the process in a cooperative manner, it would still take a long time to work out a roadmap for verification, identifying all of the facilities and accounting for the materials. that would be a long process. and we would need, of course, experts on the ground going through and working with the north korean. if they are less tha n with the north korean. if they are less than cooperative it will be a much longer process. as far as the programme being completely irreversible, the most important component of any weapons programme
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or missile programme is the human resources . or missile programme is the human resources. so north korea has a large group of scientists and engineers who have developed their expertise working on these weapons systems over several years, decades. if you want to dismantle the programme you have to do something these human resources. that's to make irreversible. that would require some kind of alternative employment to put them to work in some kind of research laboratory or company that is working on a peaceful application of this sort of technology. a number of pieces will need to be addressed and this will require international cooperation. thank you so much for staying with us, daniel, and giving us analysis on this huge historic summit. we will be here throughout the day
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covering this. back to you in the studio. italy's new interior minister has barred a rescue vessel carrying more than 600 migrants from docking in its ports. matteo salvini — who leads the right—wing populist party, the league — asked maltese authorities to accept the ship, but malta says it is italy's responsibility. caroline rigby has more. prepared to risk the perilous sea crossing from africa in search of a better life. most are not refugees but economic migrants, attracted to europe for its wealth and jobs. coming from across sub—saharan africa, they board boats in libya, often with the aid of people smugglers. bound for italy, it's a dangerous journey, which many fail to complete. yet more evidence of this on sunday as the charity announced it had picked up more than 600 migrants in six operations off the coast of libya. italy's new interior ministry, matteo salvini, refused permission for the rescue vessel to dock in its ports, calling on malta to help instead.
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the maltese authorities argue the migrants are under italian jurisdictions because of a deal between rome and the libyan coastguard. that agreement has led to a drop in arrivals since last summer but italian officials say more than 13,000 migrants have already been registered so far this year. matteo salvini has called on other european countries to do more to help, complaining: his right wing populist party, the league, campaigned on a platform of tougher immigration. it now appears mr salvini is putting those promises into practice. caroline rigby, bbc news. the football world cup gets underway in russia on thursday, with the hosts taking on saudi arabia in moscow. while thousands of fans will travel to the country, billions will be watching around
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the globe, giving russia a golden opportunity to boost its image, after several recent diplomatic controversies. 0ur moscow correspondent steve rosenberg has more. russia's singing grannies are on a mission to give russia a friendlier face for the world cup. these bubbly babushkas have penned a world cup anthem and produced a pop video to go with it. the message to foreign football fans, "you have nothing to fear from russia." "i won't scare you," anna says. "i'll hug you, i'll kiss you, i'll sing and dance for you." russians will even smile at you. ahead of the world cup, train conductors here have been taught to forget the frowns and give foreigners big, shiny smiles to match the big, shiny new stadiums built
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for the tournament. russia's reputation on the world stage, though, isn't so impressive. a global sporting event of this scale is the perfect stage for a host nation to promote itself to the world, to boost its image. russia knows that right now it has an image problem. locked in a diplomatic war with the west, moscow's been accused of everything from meddling in elections to carrying out the nerve agent attack in salisbury. but can four weeks of football bring russia in from the cold? i believe we do many good things for the world. reputation is not as good as the things we do i believe. the world cup should help us create a better image and a better reputation for russia. it's already creating excitement, especially among these
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schoolchildren, enjoying a pre—world cup treat, a visit by russian soccer stars. even if the world cup doesn't boost russia's image abroad, at home, russians are proud to be hosting the world's most famous festival of football. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter — i'm at @nkem|fejika. and just a reminder that tomorrow could be an historic day for diplomacy. and we are in singapore watching it. indeed i am. exciting times ahead over the next day or so when we will be watching the outcome of these historic talks. let me put into context just how of these historic talks. let me put into contextjust how historic there. this is the first meeting of aus there. this is the first meeting of a us president with the north korean
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leader in history. who the outcome will determine whether north korea dismantles nuclear armaments that it has spent three decades and massing. president trump has already said that the outcome will be an historic opportunity to bring north korea out of isolation. we have a few new lines coming out. we know that president cup arrived last night here in singapore. today he is due to meet the singaporean prime minister and we believe his motorcade is en route to go and meet the prime minister. we will show you some of these live pictures of that motorcade heading over. stay tuned as we bring you more on this historic talks taking place onjune 12. historic talks taking place on june 12. hello there.
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on sunday, we saw heavy thunderstorms and showers across northern england into south—east scotland, but the majority of the country was warm, dry and sunny, and it led to a lovely end to the day for many. some glorious sunday evening sunsets. we start monday morning off on a fine and dry note. we've lost the overnight showers and storms across northern areas, but we almost do it all again. it looks like we'll see plenty of sunny spells again. as those temperatures rise, it could set off a few heavy showers and thunderstorms, mainly a high—ground feature again. so, through monday morning, there'll be plenty of sunshine across england and wales. a bit more cloud for central and eastern scotland, few showers developing here, but i think the heaviest ones will be over the pennines, maybe into the higher ground of wales and into the south—west of england. elsewhere, dry again, top temperatures 2a or maybe 25 degrees. a bit cooler, though, across some north—eastern coasts. now, we have a ridge of high
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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'll notice that breeze, particularly close to the coast. we're going to have a bit more cloud around, so across the board it will feel a bit fresher on tuesday, with some sunshine breaking out here and there. highs 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 begins to push into the north—west corner of the country later on in the day. but for most of wednesday, another fine and dry one. some good spells of sunshine around. the odd shower may develop over the high ground, particularly across wales. but a dry and warm afternoon, warmer than tuesday. temperatures bouncing back up into the mid—20s celsius across central and southern areas. across western, central and southern scotland, more persistent cloud and increasing wind 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 leaks into the north of the uk and we're likely to see gale force winds, 50 or 60 mile an hour gusts of wind. tending to weaken as it reaches south—eastern parts of england. elsewhere, good news
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for gardeners and growers. in the afternoon, sunshine and showers. these will be blustery across northern areas, where it will feel fresher. we could make 20 or 21 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 fresher for all of us. this is bbc news. the headlines. us president donald trump and north korean leader kimjong—un are in singapore ahead of tuesday's historic summit. the white house says it hopes the meeting will begin a process that will lead to pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons. mr trump says he has a good feeling about the talks. it will be the first face—to—face meeting between him
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and kim jong—un. north korean state media says the summit will discuss a permanent and durable peace and denuclearisation on the korean peninsula. the fall—out from president trump's decision to withdraw his support from a g7 communique is continuing, with the german chancellor, angela merkel, describing it as sobering and depressing. mr trump's advisers said the president believed he'd been stabbed in the back by the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.
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