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this programme contains scenes of repetitive flashing images. a handshake in history — donald trump becomes the first serving us president to meet a north korean leader. just months after trading insults — an extraordinary turn of events — as president trump and kim jong—un meet face to face. very positive. better than anybody could have expected. they've signed a declaration agreeing to work towards peace and to rid the korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. we have developed a very special bond so people are going to be very impressed. people are going to be very happy and we're going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world. we had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind. and we are about to sign a historic document. but already there's criticism that the agreement is vague and lacks substance — we'll be looking at what has been achieved. also on the programme tonight: ayes — 324, nos — 298.
the government has just avoided what would have been a hugely damaging defeat in the commons over its brexit strategy. a man alleged to be a member of a banned neo—nazi group admits planning to murder the labour mp rosie cooper. in the spotlight the leading brexiteer arron banks tells mps there's "no evidence" he was involved in a conspiracy with russian officials. and flying in for the world cup — england arrive in st petersburg ahead of their first match on monday. the cost of counselling. and coming up on bbc news: centuries for both sarah taylor and tammy beaumont — as england women set south africa 332 to win in the second one—day international. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six.
it was an extraordinary moment — at an unprecedented summit — president trump and kim jong—un walked towards each other in front of the world's media — and then shook hands in front of north korean and american flags. it's the first time in history that a sitting us president has met a north korean leader. after a face to face meeting, they signed an agreement to work to rid the korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. president trump later announced that america would suspend its military exercises in the region. but critics are already saying that the summit lacked substance. here's our north america editorjon sopel — his report contains flash photography. it was carefully choreographed, dramatically staged, and yet still somehow utterly unbelievable. both men walking stiffly with nervous smiles. the handshake lasted 12
seconds. the president saying it was an honour to meet kimjong—un. as north korea ever been given a platform like this? —— has north korea. nine months ago he was calling him little rocket man, and little rocket man was calling tromping mentally to range to person. now they are walking together and sharing a laugh. —— calling trump a mentally deranged person. we will have a good relationship, i have no doubt. from timjohnson, a relationship, i have no doubt. from tim johnson, a rather different rhetorical style, it hadn't been easy to get here, he said, old prejudices worked as obstacles but we ove rca m e prejudices worked as obstacles but we overcame all of them. —— from kim jong—una
we overcame all of them. —— from kim jong—un a rather different rhetorical style. detractors have said this meeting would be nothing more than a glorified photo opportunity. it is more than that. but there were enough pictures to fill an album. there was the balcony scene, the walk in the gardens, and the boys and their toys moment when kimjong—un the boys and their toys moment when kim jong—un wanted to see inside the beast, the president's famous limousine. but then came the important moment, the signing of a document apparently committing north korea to complete denuclearisation. evenif korea to complete denuclearisation. even if it was rather more and intent than concrete steps to get there. —— more and intent. intent than concrete steps to get there. -- more and intent. we had an historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind. the documents contained four key points, agreeing to establish new relations, joining together to build a lasting and sta ble together to build a lasting and stable peace, working towards the com plete stable peace, working towards the complete denuclearisation of the korean peninsula, and recovering the
remains of prisoners of war. before donald trump's news conference the journalist were shown a propaganda style video produced by the americans, extolling the great denuclearise future ahead. two men, two leaders, one destiny... but missing from it, and the agreement, we re missing from it, and the agreement, were two key us demands, that the process must be irreversible and verifiable, and that looked like a negotiating victory for the north koreans. and that was a repeated question for donald trump. the north koreans had reneged on promises before, so why would this time be different? you have a different administration, a different president, a different secretary of state. you have people that are, you know, it's important to them. and we get it done. the other groups, maybe it wasn't a priority. i don't think they could have done it if it was a
priority. another victory for the north koreans seem to be this declaration from the us president, a pledge which took south korea by surprise. we will be stopping the war games, which would save us a tremendous amount of money. unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should. but we will be saving a tremendous amount of money. plus, i think it is very evocative. he lavished praise on kimjong—il, but that brought this question. the man u met today, kimjong—un, has killed family members and starters own people, why are you so comfortable with calling him very talented —— he lavished praise on kim jong—un. with calling him very talented —— he lavished praise on kim jong-un. he is talented. to take on that responsibility at the age of 26. he is able to run it and run it tough. i don't say it was nice. i don't see anything about it. very few people at that age, you could take one out
of 10,000, they probably could not do it. then donald trump, the former property developer, set up the economic opportunities for a north korea at peace with their neighbours. they have great beaches. you see that any time they are exploding their cannons into the ocean. i think, exploding their cannons into the ocean. ithink, wouldn't exploding their cannons into the ocean. i think, wouldn't that make a great condo. i explained it. i said instead of doing that you could have the best hotels in the world right 110w. the best hotels in the world right now. from this remarkable meeting ground where the flags flew side by side, donald trump now sees a future with their working together. the word historic is often overused, todayit word historic is often overused, today it was justified. extraordinary strides have been taken to get to this point. but it is what happens next which is crucial. how do you ensure that north korea keeps its word on denuclearisation? to that question donald trump said, well, you are going to have to trust me. jon
sopel going to have to trust me. jon sopel, bbc news, singapore. it is an extraordinary turn of events given the two leaders were publicly hurling insults at each otherjust months ago. now donald trump says he's formed a special bond with the north korean leader. so what's been the reaction to today's meeting? this report from our seoul correspondent, laura bicker, contains flashing images from the start. it was a stunning moment for south koreans in singapore. they told me their hearts were racing as they watched. full of hope but also relief that these two leaders are talking instead of declaring war. this woman could not wait to phone her mum, who was born in pyongyang. "after seeing this, i suddenly thought how i wanted to go back to north korea before i die," she says. "mum, i want your dream to come true. i want you to step back on north korean land." in seoul, moonjae—in admitted
he had had a sleepless night but looked jubilant at the meeting, which was partly the result of his careful diplomacy. but donald trump had a surprise for him. he pledged to end what he described as war games, joint military exercises between south korea and the us. they have always angered the north. this will worry neighbouring japan, as will mr trump's suggestion to remove troops from the peninsular in the future. it's a mistake to cancel alljoint us—south korean military exercises. the united states needs to maintain a sufficient level of readiness and preparedness on the peninsular because the north korean threat is still there. kimjong—un has now signed two agreements to denuclearise —
the first was in april but both lack detail. he has destroyed his main nuclear test site and has promised to dismantle another. but he could be hiding up to 60 nuclear weapons and it is not clear he is letting inspectors in to find them. that is why many will find today's announcement disappointing. kim jong—un is now leaving the island of sentosa, having gained the summit and the status he has longed for. he says the world will change, the problem is, we're not sure what that change may mean. kim jong—un has promised to avoid the mistakes of the past. failed policies in the 1990s led to a famine which killed thousands. his father and grandfather built weapons while people went hungry. the missile launches have
stopped for now and china appears eager to help — already pushing for sanctions to be lifted. today, north korea took its first tentative steps out of the shadows. butjust how far it is prepared to go is still uncertain. laura bicker, bbc news, singapore. well let's talk to our north america editor, jon sopel in singapore. incredible scenes in singapore today. the big question is, in the long term, could this really make a difference? it has been remarkable. i wish my smartphone had a rub your eyesin i wish my smartphone had a rub your eyes in disbelief orjaw—dropping emql eyes in disbelief orjaw—dropping emoji, because what has unfolded has been momentous. trump has managed to get the summit when many said it
wouldn't happen. he has built up a relationship with kim jong—un. that can only be a good thing. what i thought was really good at his news conference is what comes next? what are the next steps that need to be taken to build confidence on both sides? what are the measures on which this agreement will be judged? on that it was vague. a good few days for donald trump. an excellent few days for kim jong—un, because he has appeared on the world stage, almost as an equal to the us. no longer the leader of a pariah nation. and there was the remarkable walkabout where he was almost given rock star status with people cheering him. that may encourage him further to come out of the shadows. but it is no —— but no compressive peace deal has been met. it may be that there is not one. we will have to see what unfolds over the coming weeks and months. but what we are in a position is denuclearisation of the tension in the peninsula. the missile tests have stopped. nine
months ago, when there was the hurling of insults, people thought the missiles might start flying, as well. that hasn't happened. that seems a long way off. i am sure people around the world will be breathing a little easier as a result of what has happened in singapore today. jon sopel, thank you. in the last few minutes, the government has narrowly avoided a defeat over its brexit strategy. mps rejected attempt to give parliament more powers over the brexit process. but the government had to compromise after a minister, phillip lee, resigned this morning, saying he could not support the current brexit plan. our political editor, laura kuenssberg, is in westminster. it has been some day. beginning with a surprise resignation. there have been fevered brows behind closed doors. backroom skulduggery. and a compromise from the government in order to avoid a defeat. government only really but when they think they
must. theresa may was fearful enough that she would lose that in the end she had to budge. the ayes 324, nos to the left, 298. they got there. the government avoided defeat on an attempt to give parliament more power over brexit. 324... but it wasn't pretty. the day had not started well. why are we watching shaky footage of an obscure political event first thing in the morning? i'm very sad to have to announce that i feel i must resign... because that government minister just resign... because that government ministerjust quit over brexit on a day when every vote counts. have you told the prime minister?” day when every vote counts. have you told the prime minister? i will be issuing a statement. a hero? to others, a villain. today's push and pull is over the so—called
meaningful vote. the lords said parliament needed more power to tell ministers what to do if the final brexit deal is rejected. but ministers think that is a dangerous trap and spend the day twisting arms to stop it happening. they want to reverse the result of referendum. nothing we will do will allow that. none of their lord ships ss allow that. none of their lord ships s s amendments seek to frustrate the brexit or allow this house... or allow this house to overturn the referendum result. there was no holding back though for this now ex—minister. holding back though for this now ex-minister. i urge my colleagues to follow my lead and vote to give our great institution this house of commons our constituents and our country the powers it needs to leave out country the powers it needs to leave our children a legacy of which we can all be proud. there were nerves
in lots of mps' offices as the demand started. steven hammond making life difficult for the government. it is not clear how it will finish. but i hope the government realise what real concern there is and that the government will listen to what has been said. right now it is one of those increasingly common days in westminster, where no one can be sure quite where things will end up. go brexit! tory mp andrea jenkinses campaigned the other way. she proudly is still making the case and gave up her government job proudly is still making the case and gave up her governmentjob to do so. what i found frustrating, is we are the elected house, the house of commons, ifeel the the elected house, the house of commons, i feel the amendments the lords are trying to bring in are trying to stop brexit. but this came close. very close. the man up the
steps on the left is the government's chief whip, the man in charge of making sure the government never loses. having a casual chat with some possible rebels. a promise made that the government would after all budge? three behind discuss what to do all budge? three behind discuss what todo— all budge? three behind discuss what to do — stick or twist. all budge? three behind discuss what to do - stick or twist. i and the government are looking at amendments that may be tabled and that will be the product of any discussion i have with the honourable gentleman. translation, the ministers will consider giving parliament more powers. the government chose to bend rather than break. no surprise, the tory party is trying to put on a show. their backbenchers showing the government what it means to strike a deal. before the vote there were 15
potential tory rebels in the prime minister's office pushing her to budge. but a government source said to me, the only concession we have made is to keep talking. none of the actual compromises are in concrete, none are firm. and that leads us to the second thing to remember, these fights this week in westminster may have been postponed, but they haven't disappeared for good. there is still huge tension here on all sides of the tory party and all sides of the tory party and all sides of the tory party and all sides of parliament. that means although the prime minister will end the week without the embarrassment of taking a beating and losing in the house of commons, there are still many battles ahead in arguments the eventual outcome of which will affect us all. thank you. our top story this evening. a handshake in history — donald trump becomes the first serving us president to meet a north korean leader. and still to come —
the england team arrive at theirtraining camp in st petersburg ahead of the world cup. coming up on sportsday on bbc news: less than 48 hours before the start of the world cup, we hearfrom former england captain alan shearer on how he thinks southgate's squad will fare in russia. a 23—year—old man from lancashire has pleaded guilty to plotting to murder his mp. jack renshaw admitted buying a machete with the intention of killing labour's rosie cooper and threatening to kill a police officer. he's one of six men who deny being members of the banned neo—nazi group, national action. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. and that is a way to spit in the establishment‘s face and the youth will want that. jack renshaw, 23 years old, who today suddenly admitted to a jury that he had planned to kill a labour mp and threatened to kill a police officer who was investigating him
for grooming children for sex. the prosecution say he had already bought a machete for the murder, described by its manufacturers as 19 inches of unprecedented slashing power. christopher lythgoe was accused of being the secret leader of his group, a believer in race war, who encouraged him to carry out the murder. in world war ii, we took the wrong side. we should have been fighting the communists. this was renshaw before the group, national action, was banned for being virulently racist and celebrating the murder ofjo cox, mp. but he, christopher lythgoe, and four other men are on trial for remaining members after the ban. outlining the case against the six men, duncan atkinson, qc, explained that, last julyjack renshaw, was planning to kill an mp himself. he laid out his idea to some of his group at this table, upstairs, in a pub in warrington. the prosecution say that
jack renshaw told the group that his plan was to murder his local mp, rosie cooper, take some hostages and then kill a female detective who had been investigating him before himself being shot by armed police. the plan to kill rosie cooper was exposed because there was a disillusioned former national action member inside the group in the pub that night, called robbie mullen, who was working undercover for the antiracism organisation, hope not hate. according to him, jack renshaw wanted to kill rosie cooper in the name of national action, and that night, christopher lythgoe gave his approval. christopher lythgoe denies that, and all six men denied being members of national action after it was banned. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the bailey. france and italy have exchanged sharp words over the fate of hundreds of migrants on a ship in the mediterranean. the french president emmanuel macron accused the italian government of "cynicism and irresponsibility" for refusing to let them land in italy.
around 600 people received much needed supplies today onboard the rescue ship which is in the sea near malta. spain has offered to allow them to dock in valencia. mothers who decide not to breast feed should not be made to feel guilty about the decision — that's the new advice from the royal college of midwives. they say that if a woman decides to bottle feed — her choice must be respected. it comes after a new study found that many women felt guilty about not breastfeeding. leave campaigner arron banks said there is "no evidence" he was involved in a conspiracy with russian officials in the run—up to the european union referendum. appearing in front of mps, mr banks — who co—founded and helped to fund the leave.eu campaign — accused the digital, culture, media and sport committee of being "remainers" attempting to discredit the campaign for brexit. john pienaar reports from westminster. they didn't look shame—faced today, not when protesters handed them pork pies — that's slang for lies —
in an anti—brexit stunt. not over claims they conspired with russia over brexit. it was helped quite a lot with some russian money, wasn't it? no, no. nigel farage was a famous face on the campaign — aaron banks puts millions where the ukip leader's mouth was into the leave eu campaign. but did he collude with russians, including moscow's ambassador? mps wanted answers and they got denials and more. we've now got a full—scale russian witch—hunt going on. you know, before that was... before that all occurred, there was no issue. with leave eu spokesman andy wigmore alongside, they admitted meeting this man — russian ambassador alexander yakovenko several times. said they offered little beyond the phone number of donald trump's transition team. and they volunteered their e—mails with the russians, already passed to the us embassy. we have been pretty open about everything we
have done. we've done nothing sinister. what were you hoping to gain, what were you going to get out of this? well, i was hoping for a good lunch and that is what i did get from this. many good lunches or? the first one was the best. did you ever accept money from the russian government? no. nyet. aaron banks brushed off the fact he'd met a russian businessman and discussed a gold mine deal. did you do business with russia as a consequence of these meetings you had? yeah. you know, i've got no business interests in russia and i have done no business deals in russia. it got tense. i know that you're all remainers i think. all remainers? hands up. yeah, i think so. you've got a vested interest in trying to discredit the brexit campaign. he'd already tried to put the mps in the dock. are you the mp that got drunk in the house of commons and harassed a woman? that got drunk on a karaoke evening. no. good. well, one of the committee is.
and it ended abruptly. he decided time was up. i would be grateful if you gave us five minutes. the word is no. proving suspicions is often hard, but investigations are continuing. they seem sure of getting the last laugh. the 2018 world cup kicks off in russia in just two days time. this afternoon the england team flew into st petersburg, before heading to their training camp where they'll prepare for theirfirst game on monday against tunisia. from russia, here's our sports correspondent natalie pirks. they may be the youngest of any team here, they may be the least experienced but, if prizes were handed out for enthusiasm, england would be front of the queue. the world cup is the biggest tournament in football. so, this is what it is all about. this is what you work hard for as a kid. spend all them hours training. this is the stage you want to be under, the biggest stage in the world. this is finally a squad england fans feel connected to, thanks to some steady leadership.
i think people can see there is a humility about the group and there is absolutely no reason why there should not be, by the way. so, that is important for us, it is important for the way that we work. we have got to keep wanting to improve and we are representing our country in the greatest sporting tournament there is. they flew into st petersburg, home to the beautiful winter palace, site of the russian revolution. but, if england plans to stage its own, it will be a quiet one. 30 kilometres away, lies repino, the sleepy resort town on the shores of the gulf of finland, where england will call home. their ferest betel is h locals though are waiting for a glimpse of their new neighbours. translation: we found out that the england team will be staying here by accident and now we're walking round here and we really want to meet them. by the training ground, fences have
gone up to keep prying eyes out. but, it is not all bad for the locals, social houses in the area have received makeovers. this woman came home to find her house being painted a month ago. she also got a new roof and drainpipes. keeping up appearances is important here. as you can imagine, with only around 2,500 inhabitants, there's really not much to do here bar the beach and a few restaurants. now, gareth southgate dismissed the notion of boredom as a nonsense but, with the buzz of st petersburg quite a way in the distance, he needs to hope he got this one right. but cabin fever cannot be blamed, says a former captain. you get given games, you get given books. whatever you want is provided on a plate for you. you are here to play football for a month of your life, that's not too much to ask. what is a big ask is for england to win. it's been 52 years after all but at least fans
can now see the green shoots of progress. natalie pirks, bbc news, repino. time for a look at the weather. here's matt taylor. should be dry for the start of the world cup on thursday. a lot of dry weather here, mostly in western scotland, where stornoway has gone 22 days without rain. but this jet strea m 22 days without rain. but this jet stream is developing and it is a nasty low pressure system. but for the time being it is quiet. some showers are melting away and with clear skies tonight after what has been a fresher day, a cooler start tomorrow. temperatures away from the towns and cities and in one or two of the cities in single figures. although it is a fresh start, it will be a dry morning commute. the
cloud will bubble up in the south. scotla nd cloud will bubble up in the south. scotland and northern ireland clouding over. eastern scotland staying dry until later. but in northern ireland and western scotla nd northern ireland and western scotland here comes the rain. and a drop in temperature. the area of rain through the night after such a dry spell could see 50 millimetres, two inches of rain in the scottish highlands and then the wind will strengthen. it is the northern half of the uk where we will see the strong winds. thursday morning could see gusts up to 60mph or more. that could lead to some travel disruption. if you have plans to be on the move in the north on thursday morning, stay tuned to the forecast. elsewhere on thursday, a blustery day in the south. if you're after rain, it is hit and day in the south. if you're after rain, it is hitand miss. day in the south. if you're after rain, it is hit and miss. sunshine for the rest of thursday. only one or two showers in the north. feeling fresher in the west and warmer in