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this programme contains scenes of repetitive flashing images. history is made — as donald trump becomes the first sitting us president to meet north korea's leader. in a series of appearances for the cameras, the two formerly sworn enemies seemed relaxed — and friendly. a lot of progress, really very positive. better than anybody could have expected. the substance of the summit — an agreement to rid north korea 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. translation: we had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind. and we are about to sign a historic document. we'll be looking at what has actually been agreed — and at how these momentous events have gone down with north korea's major ally, china.
also tonight: 324. the no's to the left 298. the government sees off a commons challenge to its brexit policy — but at what price? last—minute haggling avoid the embarrassment of a defeat for theresa may. she is storing up trouble for the next few weeks. an alleged member of a far—right group admits in court his plan to murder a labour mp. new figures show more of us are in work — but wage growth has unexpectedly dipped. and england arrive in st petersburg for the start of their world cup bid. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: england's women square the one day series with south africa after a convincing 69—run win against south africa at hove. good evening.
donald trump and kimjong—un have said they will work together towards "new relations" after an extraordinary summit in singapore. the two men, who last year traded very public insults, smiled and posed and shook hands in a string of photo opportunities unthinkable just a few months ago. the two signed a joint document, which included a pledge from mr kim to rid the korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. but some observers say the agreement lacks substance. president trump later said the us would suspend its joint military exercises with south korea, apparently taking seoul by surprise. with the first of our reports, 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. has north korea ever been given a platform like this? nine months ago trump was calling him little rocket man, and little rocket man was calling him a mentally deranged dotard. now they are walking together and sharing a laugh. i feel really great, we are going to have a great discussion and i think tremendous success. it will be tremendously successful. we will have a terrific relationship, i have no doubt. from kimjong—un, a rather different rhetorical style, it hadn't been easy to get here, he said, the past has acted as fetters on our limbs, and old prejudices worked as obstacles, but we
overcame all of them. the pair met with just their translators initially. and were then joined by officials. the talks lasted most of the morning. 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. very good. the walk in the gardens. it's going great. and the boys and their toys moment when chairman kim wanted to see inside the beast, the president's famous limo. but then came the important moment, the signing of a document apparently committing north korea to complete denuclearisation. even if it was rather more an intent, than concrete steps to get there. would you like to say something to the press? 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 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 journalists were shown a propaganda style video produced by the americans, extolling the great denuclearised future ahead. two men, two leaders, one destiny... but 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 seems to be this declaration from the us president, a pledge which took south korea by surprise. we will be stopping the war games, which will 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 provocative. he lavished praise on kimjong—un, but that brought this question. the man you met today, kim jong—un, as you know has killed family members, has starved his own people — why are you so comfortable calling him "very talented"? he is very talented. anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough. i don't say it was nice.
i don't say anything about it. he ran 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, 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 there. from this remarkable meeting ground where the flags flew side by side, donald trump now sees a future where the us and north korea are working together. the 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. donald trump is now on his way back to washington. exhausted, but you also sense exhilarated by what has happened. jon sopel, bbc news, singapore. well, the potential implications of the summit are widespread, not least in the korean peninsula, where north and south have been divided since the end of the second world war. 0ur seoul correspondent laura bicker looks now at the meetings possible impact — her report 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 peninsula 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 peninsula because the north korean nuclear 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. now that the missile launches have stopped, china appears eager to ease back on the toughest economic sanctions it has ever imposed on its neighbour. today, north korea took its first tentative steps out of the shadows. how far it is prepared to go is still uncertain. laura bicker, bbc news, singapore. in a moment we'll talk tojon sopel in singapore, but first to beijing and our correspondent
there, john sudworth. how will the government in china be viewing these scenes in singapore and this agreement? interestingly we've been tracking kim jong—un‘s flight as it left singapore and headed up into chinese ears pierced and the flight tracking websites now look like they are showing the flight is leading away from north korea and towards beijing. we can't confirm that bid if he is stopping here it would fit because china is at all north korea's all—night long—standing strategic ally, it is responsible forup to strategic ally, it is responsible for up to 90% of north korea's trade with the outside world and it matters. as the world debates who got the most out of this, trump or kim, it could be argued that china is the clear winner. it has long argued for a suspension of what it called the provocative us military exercises in south korea and to see
donald trump using that same language and surrendering them so easily will be music to beijing's yea rs. easily will be music to beijing's years. there are also hints tonight that the government here is talking about an easing of sanctions which would take away much of washington is leveraged over north korea. donald trump talks about the art of the deal but for those who worry about the strategic miscalculation there is another concern, that is that this looks very much like a chinese deal. jon sopel, you have watched this summit close—up, sum up the significance? the optics first of all, i have watched the handshake now 100 times and it still does not get any now 100 times and it still does not get a ny less now 100 times and it still does not get any less surprising. it was extraordinary, like you wanted on your mobile phone there to be an emoji for dropping yourjaw or
rubbing your eyes in disbelief. donald trump took a gamble, many in his administration said it did not 90, his administration said it did not go, it's too risky. he chose to do it that has built a relationship. i thought he was short on the detail of the next steps. what are the confidence building measures you introduce so north korea is seen to be complying? for kimjong—un it represents something of a victory, he goes back to either north korea 01’ he goes back to either north korea or china tonight knowing the pariah state was treated on an equal status with the united states, that kim jong—un, a reclusive man, went out ona jong—un, a reclusive man, went out on a walkabout last night and people we re on a walkabout last night and people were cheering for him. he's got a great deal to be happy about. it's not a cub rendered peace deal but does that matter? there has been a de—escalation of hostilities, it is what happens next that matters. thank you jon sopel in singapore and
john sud worth in beijing. if you've got questions about today's historic summit, jon sopel is there to provide some answers. he's on social media for the next 30 minutes. so do tweet him at @bbcjonsopel using #bbcnewsten. the government has avoided what would have been a major defeat in the commons over its brexit bill by issuing a concession to potential rebels. mps were voting on whether to give parliament the power to stop the uk from leaving the eu without a deal, as the house of lords had done earlier. 0ur political editor, laura kuenssberg, is at westminster. lawro. well, reeta, it has been quite a day here in westminster. we knew that the brexit process was going to be fraught, it wouldn't be easy for any government, let alone without a majority, but today there has been a resignation, a lot of government bravado, they weren't going to back down, and then they did — ordid
going to back down, and then they did — or did they quite? there is confusion and a lot of bad feeling at westminster over promises that may have been made, or were they not after all. the ayes to the right, 324. the noes to the left, 298. they got there, but it wasn't pretty. should parliament get more power over brexit if the final deal is sunk? the ayes to the right, 324... only in the last ten minutes, the promise of a compromise on that seemed to keep both sides of the restive tory party on board. the government has realised that it must have an amendment, a further amendment to the bill, which deals with parliament's role in the event of there being no deal. getting some unity, and inevitably having some degree of give and take, is part of the process. remainers had been pushing and pushing to give mps more say if it all goes wrong, but the government, for hours, had been resisting giving parliament more power if the brexit deal is sunk.
have you told the prime minister you're resigning, sir? i will be issuing a statement shortly. it started badly, with a government minister quitting so he could make the case for giving parliament more control over brexit too. i urge my parliamentary 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 our children a legacy of which we can all be proud. at that point, ministers thought they were safe and wouldn't have to budge. they want to reverse the result of the referendum, and nothing we do will be organised to allow a reversal of the result of the referendum. none of their lordships' amendments, in anyway, seek to frustrate the brexit process or allow... 0r allow this house to overturn the referendum result. and watch. a government defeat was
close, very, very close. the man sidling up the steps on the left to sit down is the government's chief whip — the man in charge of making sure the government never loses, having a casual chat a promise that the government would budge? the three behind the mp standing discuss what to do — stick or twist. then look, the chief whip in action again, creeping along the front bench. was he delivering the news of how a deal could be done? butjust what exactly has been agreed? remember, rebels did not vote against the government because they believed they had a personal promise from the prime minister that they would be a change to the draft laws. what we have agreed to his further discussions with dominic grieve and other concerned parties about the way in which we can potentially make a further step forward on the important amendment that we made
today. in your mind, all the government has agreed as to have further discussions to try to find a way through? and there's a purpose to those discussions, is a potential further amendment to those discussions, is a potential furtheramendment in the to those discussions, is a potential further amendment in the lords. the remainers piled into the prime minister's office believed that they had an assurance from her that they could trust that this would just be a discussion, it would be a change. there is an expectation that the discussion will yield some food, and i'm not saying it won't, and it could very well and up with another amendment in the lords. those are not the same thing, and there is an issue of trust here. am not going to just blithely come forward with a set of ideas that have not had the merit of scrutiny with colleagues, it has got to be done properly. but if inside the party, inside a building, there are different versions of events, what the rest of us versions of events, what the rest of us meant to make of it? brexit was never going to be easy, but there are plenty who fear by trying to run away from confrontation, the
government is making it harder than it really needs to be. so, laura, a concession this time from the government, but is itjust storing up trouble for itself next time? i think it is, and storing up trouble for itself next time? ithink it is, and we storing up trouble for itself next time? i think it is, and we are already hearing signs of that tonight. 0n already hearing signs of that tonight. on this specific rout today about increasing the powers of parliament if the brexit deal gets kicked out, tory rebels held their fire, they kept faith with the government and did not defeat theresa may, because they believed they had a personal promise from her herself, from the prime minister's alnmouth in a private meeting with them packed into her office during them packed into her office during the debate, that there would be a change. they believed they had, as a point of trust, she gave them a guarantee that there would be a concession. but then as you heard the government minister saying all they will you promised was further discussions. number ten tells me tonight the likely a big asian is of a change, but there are no guarantees around this place, and remainers have been saying to me
privately things i couldn't possibly say on the ten o'clock news. on the other hand, brexiteers are saying that nothing was really promised, all it is our conversations, the government is sticking to it, they just had to buy off the rebels tonight in order to avoid defeat. but the big point is that theresa may has got this far by having to juggle may has got this far by having to juggle both sides, give a little bit too remainers here and something to brexiteers on the other side, but there is a lot of bad feeling tonight, and a sense that trust is really breaking down, and that is potentially very dangerous for number ten. laura, thank you, laura kuenssberg there. the leave campaigner arron banks says there is no evidence he was involved in a conspiracy with russian officials in the run—up to the eu referendum. appearing in front of a commons committee, mr banks, who co—founded and helped to fund the leave.eu campaign, accused the mps of being remainers who were 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. they 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. john pienaar, bbc news. a man accused of being a member of the banned far—right group national action has admitted that he planned to kill a labour mp. the old bailey heard that jack renshaw bought a machete and also planned to take hostages and to kill a police officer. his plan, the court was told, was uncovered by an anti—fascist campaigner who had infiltrated renshaw‘s group. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford was in court. 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'd 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. 0utlining the case against the six men, duncan atkinson qc explained that lastjuly jack 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'd 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 deny being members of national action after it was banned. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the old bailey. a senior accountant at pricewaterhousecoopers — who audited the accounts of retailer bhs in the year before its controversial sale — is facing a 15—year ban and hefty fine by the industry regulator. bhs was sold for £1 in 2015, a year before the company collapsed with the loss of thousands ofjobs. pwc has been fined £6.5 million
and reprimanded after admitting misconduct. accountant steve denison faces a fine of more than £300,000. official figures show that wage growth has unexpectedly fallen. that's despite unemployment also dropping to a record low. wage growth is used by the bank of england to assess the health of the uk economy, and the slowdown is likely to dampen expectations of an interest rate rise this summer. 0ur economics editor kamal ahmed is with me now. kamal. to be frank, reeta, this shouldn't be happening. we have record levels of employment. after a bumpy ride at the time of the financial crisis, the number of jobs created has soared. we haven't seen figures this strong since 1971. that usually means higher wages, as firms battle to hire from a shrinking pool of available people. but look at how weak wage growth has been over a similar period.
between 3% and 5% before the financial crisis, struggling ever since, and today a dip again to 2.8% after a few better months. the big question is why. first, productivity — our record on producing greater economic wealth for every hour we work, by investing in things like new technology, has been poor. second, the type ofjobs being created in the changing world of work — zero—hours contracts and hyperflexible employment, like delivery driving — mean that people have sacrificed bargaining powerfor the convenience of when they work. weak wage growth has been the economic problem of the last decade, and if we don't solve it, weak economic growth tends to follow for a pretty simple reason. the less money people have to spend, the less the economy prospers. reeta. thank you, kamal.
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, rescued last weekend, today received vital food supplies on board. the group, including pregnant women and children, are mainly from west africa. james reynolds is in the sicilian port of catania for us. james, where is this boat tonight? it is passing through southern sicily, it said sale around two hours ago, and we expected to reach the spanish port of valencia, its destination, by saturday. the ship leaves in its wake a series of damaged relationships in europe. spain says pointedly that democracies must obey their international obligations, and france has called the apparent policy of stopping ngo ships here
cynical and irresponsible. the italian populist government doesn't really worry about those criticisms, and if you look closely at its policy, find this — there is still a way for rescued migrants to reach these shores. the italian coastguard continues to play a leading role in the search and rescue of migrants in the search and rescue of migrants in the mediterranean, and in the morning, in this board, we expect the coastguard to drop off around 900 migrants that it has rescued. so it seems that italy remains open so long as you brought here under and italian flag. james, thank you, james reynolds there. 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