hello and a very good morning from singapore. i'm rico hizon. it's 8am on wednesday the 13th ofjune, as this city state recovers from hosting that extraordinary kim—trump summit. and i'm babita sharma. in the next 26 minutes we'll bring you all the big moments and answer some of the key questions. welcome to our special coverage here on newsday. it finally happened. the first handshake between a sitting us president and a north korean leader. did kim get the better of it all? trump shocks the region with this pledge on military exercises. we will be stopping the wargames, which will save a tremendous amount of money. in the latest development, north korean state media says kim jong—un has accepted an invitation to visit america. and caught on camera. we look at what the leaders' body language revealed about themselves. glad you could bothjoin us, right
here in singapore. after after an extraordinary summit, president trump and kim jong—un hailed their meeting here in singapore as a breakthrough in relations. the us president later announced that america is to halt military exercises with south korea. in the last hour we've heard that both leaders have accepted each others invitations for a visit to each other‘s countries. but critics say their agreement is short on details about how north korea will get rid of its nuclear weapons. the north korean leader has invited mr trump to visit pyongyang and has said he would go to the us. 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 kim jong—un. has north korea ever been given a platform like this? nine months ago, donald 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. we're going to have a great discussion. i think tremendous success, it's been 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 had acted as fetters on our limbs, and old prejudices
work 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 op. it is much 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 at 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 longer on intent than concrete steps to get there. would you like to say something? translation: we had a historic meeting, and decided to leave the past behind.
the document 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. 7 billion people inhabit planet earth... 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? well, you have a different administration, you have a different president, you have a different secretary of state.
you have people that are — you know, it's very important to them, and we'll 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 seemed to be a declaration from the american president, a pledge that 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 negotiations not going along like they should. the president lavished praise on kim jong—un, but that brought this question. the man you met today, kimjong—un, as you know, has killed family members, has starved his own people. why are you so comfortable calling him very talented? well, 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 he was nice, or i don't say anything about it. he ran it. very few people, at that age,
you can take one out of 10,000, probably, couldn't do it. from this remarkable meeting ground, where the flags fly 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 that is really crucial. how do you ensure that north korea keeps its word on denuclearisation? to that question donald trump said, well, you're going to have to trust me. donald trump is now on his way back to washington — exhausted but, you also sense, exhilarated by what's happened. let's get the view on events now from around the world. in a moment we'll hear from steve mcdonell in beijing, chris buckler in washington, and first to robin brant in seoul. robin, talk us through the reaction to events here on the korean
peninsula. well, most importantly we have heard from north korea in terms of the mouthpiece of the communist party, the ruling communist party, this is the ruling communist party, this is the front page of the workers daily. this is how north korea, kim jong—un, talks to his people. littered with photographs of the bidding so. in two key revelations. they talk about the irritating relations. it was the key thing they wa nt to relations. it was the key thing they want to duhalde. the americans have agreed to halt the joint military exercises. a big win for the north. the report goes on to say the
americans are going to lift sanctions. that is not something that was made clear in the discussions yesterday. president trump talked about the sentence lifted as and when the nuclear weapons were no longer a problem. it is not clear. 0ne weapons were no longer a problem. it is not clear. one other thing, they talked about agreeing on principle a step—by—step simultaneous action to deal with denuclearisation. we did not hear those words from the president estate. some of the reaction from the crean peninsula. from washington, dc, chris buckler —— korean peninsula. from washington, dc, chris buckler -- korean peninsula. the white house are happy with the way things went. this document has been sent out from the white house with a series of comments from local, national, and, indeed, international politicians, amongst other figures, in which they save the president has to be congratulated to talk about the steps and strides taken here. but they are talking about steps and strides. it is a detail that some are concerned about in all of this.
certainly, donald trump's political opponents have been saying that he has given kimjong—un opponents have been saying that he has given kim jong—un what he wanted, photo opportunities and getting rid of those military exercises in south korea, while not necessarily getting anything in return. there is something else coming. kimjong—un return. there is something else coming. kim jong—un potentially visiting america, according to the north korean state news agency. there seems to be something he has agreed to and indeed invited donald trump to pyongyang. that gives you an idea they could be another historic encounter to come. that will be watched closely in beijing. steve mcdonell is there with the very latest. well, one quite incredible development he came in terms of the foreign ministry press briefing. when the spokesman said that what had happened in singapore represented verification, represented verification, represented a sort of indication of china's suspension for suspension idea, and not only that, but this had been realised. later on donald
trump announced the suspension of the wargames and from this i realise, hang on, this means beijing knew about it before donald trump announced it. —— realised. i guess that means the north korean delegation must have told beijing about the wargames suspension and it shows just what a big development this is. and, just briefly, those two flights carrying the north korean delegation back to pyongyang, one of those has stopped in beijing one of those has stopped in beijing on the way back. who knows what meetings might be going on right now between the north korean and chinese governments. back to the studio. thank you very much about. stephen donald in beijing, chris buckler in washington, and robin brant in seoul with the reaction around the world. we'll have more reaction to the summit in a moment. first, let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the british government has escaped a defeat over its key brexit legislation. mps rejected an amendment that would have given parliament the power to veto any deal agreed with the eu. but the british government had to strike a compromise and give mps
more say in the government's approach. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. 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 own mouth, in a private meeting with them, packed into her office during the debate, that there would be a change. they believed she gave them a guaranteed there would be a concession. as you heard there, the government minister saying all they have really promised is further discussions. number 10 tells me tonight the likely implication is of a change. but there are no guarantees around the place. the big point is that theresa may has got this far by having tojuggle both sides. having to give a little bit to remainers here and a little bit to brexiteers on the other side. there is a lot of bad feeling and a sense that trust is really breaking down.
that is potentially very bad news for number 10. also making the news: french president emmanuel macron has intervened in the row over a rescue boat trying to bring migrants ashore in the mediterranean. he's accused the italian government of "cynicism and irresponsibility" for refusing to let the stranded rescue ship dock in italy. spain said it would take the migrants. a 5.8—magnitude earthquake has hit the indonesian island of sumatra. the shallow quake struck 150 miles south—west of padang, the capital of the west sumatran province. despite no warning from the hawaii—based pacific tsunami warning centre, there are no reports of damage or injuries. the french interior minister gerard collomb says police have arrested a man who took two people hostage in paris. he said the hostages were safe and unharmed. the man had apparently asked to be put in touch with the iranian embassy, prior to his arrest.
there was a surprise passenger today in the washington subway. a deer managed to get into the crystal city station through an above—ground entrance nearby. 0ne passenger was too busy looking at his phone to notice, but thankfully the train drivers weren't. the deer, in the end, managed to safely exit through the same tunnel it came in. you're watching newsday on the bbc. life from singapore with myself and rico hizon. —— alive. still to come on the programme: 0ur seoul correspondent looks at what the trump—kim summit could mean for north and south korea.
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 gorbymania 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. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. our top stories: donald trump has described his talks with north korea's kimjong—un as tremendous. north korea pledged to rid the korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. but there is little detail in the agreement, and there has been criticism of a us pledge to halt military exercises, which is seen as a concession. those striking images from the summit are in many of today's newspapers. for singapore's straits times, the historic meeting was the first step on the long road to peace. 0n the front page — a large picture of a smiling donald trump and kim jong—un shaking hands. in china, official reaction
from beijing in the china daily. it quotes the foreign ministry saying there was important progress in singapore, and that the whole international community wants to solve the nuclear and political problems. and here is the front page of france's le figaro, which has also features this picture of president trump and kim jong—un. but its editorial has a warning we have been hearing in our coverage of the summit that the devil is in the detail. well, it was certainly an extraordinary turn of events. donald trump is now saying he has formed a special bond with the north korean leader. so what lasting impact
could that have? 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, president 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. 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. 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. joining me now from beijing is cheng xiaoke, who serves as an associate professor at the school of international studies at the renmin university of china. thank you so much forjoining us,
professor. president trump has mentioned that he plans to suspend these war games with north korea, together with south korea, and maybe eventually withdraw us troops. houses this benefit china? you know, it was very good news. you see, in the past years, for the past many yea rs, the past years, for the past many years, china has been strongly opposed to the united states and south korea's mutual exercises on china's periphery, and also china has strongly demand that the united states withdraw its mutual forces from the korean peninsula. and you may remember two years ago, the united states and the south koreans made a decision to deploy the thaad missile defence system in chinese
channels, and china strongly oppose that. so it is good news for china's prospect that the united states could end these war games and withdraw its mutual forces in the future. so professor, do you think that this whole idea to suspend the korea war games and withdraw the us troops was the idea of china, and they told president trump that the four point agreement will only be signed if the united states made this concession? i think it is... signed if the united states made this concession? ithink it is... in the past few years, china has also proposed this, so double phrasing is. in other words, proposed this, so double phrasing is. in otherwords, north proposed this, so double phrasing is. in other words, north korea's refrains from nuclear and missile test, and the us refrains from exercises. if the us refused it, now, in the press conference, president trump made unilateral
decisions, and i think that is the wonderful addition to the joint statement. thank you so much for your insides. and we have had tweeds from president donald trump. donald trump from president donald trump. donald tru m p loves from president donald trump. donald trump loves twitter, a medium for him to convey how he is really feeling after events like the g7. this is what he is saying about what happened yesterday. in the last ten minutes he said there is no limit to what north korea can achieve when it gives up nuclear weapons and embraces, is with the world. he went on to say chairman kim has the opportunity to be remembered as a leader who ushered in a glorious new era of prosperity for its citizens. he thanked chairman kim for the first bold step towards a bright new future and said that this proves
that real change is possible. so donald trump awake in washington, we now understand, and that is his latest response to what happened on this historic day. and everyone during the summit looking forward to that handshake, and of course agreements and efforts at warmth, and this from two people who only recently were threatening to wipe each other off the map. it was quite extraordinary to see that moment and to be reporting on it, of course, the symbolism behind that handshake and to see them standing in front of their respective flags as well. as you can imagine, so many of us, a nalyst you can imagine, so many of us, analyst with expertise in body language, were poring over the semantics of how they reacted to each other. take a look at this. trump is clearly making an effort to dial it back. no matter what, we have seen that there are moments of fleeting rapport that the two leaders face. during the 13—second handshake,
i can see kim jong—un actually having a very relaxed jaw. his mouth was open, and he was looking at trump from head to toe. you could see his eyes going — it's almost like he couldn't believe that this moment that he's been waiting for, where he gets to meet the leader of the free world, it's happening right now. there's also, in the asian context, a particular deference when you meet somebody older, so he's letting trump take the lead and he is taking trump in. their handshake was very well—balanced, certainly none of the macho pull that we've seen before. this was much more welcoming, subdued. trump looks very comfortable. he shows off his signature.
he passes the book to kim. he reaches out first to shake his hand, gives him a little bit of a pat. that was indeed a historic summit to cover, but this is also a historic event for newsday. it is our seventh anniversary. happy anniversary. and of course, the handshake, and the tap. it is the first time we have managed to present together in the same space in seven years, managed to present together in the same space in seven years, so managed to present together in the same space in seven years, so maybe we will do it again in another seven yea rs. we will do it again in another seven years. thank you for all your support over the years and it has been a remarkable week in singapore and it has been wonderful to bring it to you all here. great to have you in singapore. thank you for joining us. hello there.
wednesday's weather will start off innocuously enough, but there is trouble on the horizon. after some sunny spells through the day, things as we go into the evening will turn very wet and very windy, unusually windy for the time of year. after what has been a relatively quiet spell of weather, thejetstream is breaking back from the west, bringing a lot of cloud from the atlantic. and, where you see these dips in the cloud structure, that is where we are developing some areas of low pressure. this one is going to bring a very wet and windy wednesday night. but, for the time being, we've started the day under the influence of a ridge of high pressure. so we're going to see a lot of dry weather and some good spells of sunshine through the day. cloud amounts will tend to increase from the west as the day wears on. could just be the odd shower, and then eventually we'll see some rain just splashing into the western side of northern ireland and the west of scotland. the winds starting to pick up here, as well. ahead of that wet weather
it is going to feel pleasant, highs of 21 or 22 degrees. now, as we go into wednesday evening, it'll stay dry across much of england and wales. but, for northern ireland and scotland, this rain will begin to pile in. the dark blue colours indicating really heavy downpours, all courtesy of this area of low pressure. quite a deep low. you can see the isobars really squeezing together. that shows that we're going to see some very windy weather indeed. as we go into to the first part of thursday morning, we will see the outbreaks of rain moving eastwards and very strong and gusty winds for northern ireland, the far north of england and particularly scotland, where there could be wind gusts of 60 mph or more, even for places like glasgow or edinburgh. that could well cause some travel disruption for thursday morning rush hour. gales or severe gales, so do tune into your local bbc radio station to find out if there are any impacts where you are. now, the wet and windy weather will slowly ease as we go on through the day on thursday. so aside from a few showers, especially in the north, it's actually going to turn into a decent day. good spells of sunshine
and temperatures — well, cool and fresh across northern areas, but downpours in the south—east still, getting up to around 22 degrees. looking ahead to friday, a quieter day with light winds. some spells of sunshine around. some outbreaks of patchy rain, perhaps, across northern ireland and the north—west of scotland. best of the sunshine likely to be found towards the south—east, the highest of the temperatures here as well. and then, as we look towards the weekend, not completely dry. there will be some showers around at times. there should equally be some spells of sunshine, and temperatures in places up into the 20s. the this is bbc world news. the headlines: donald trump has described his talks with north korea's kim jong—un as "tremendous". the two leaders held an unprecedented one—on—one meeting on tuesday, where north korea pledged to rid the korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. donald trump also said that the us would halt military exercises in south korea.
this has been long been a demand of the north, but wasn't mentioned in tuesday's agreement. french president emmanuel macron has intervened in the row over a rescue boat trying to bring migrants ashore. he's accused italy of "cynicism and irresponsibility" for refusing to let the ship dock. spain said it would take the migrants. greece has reached a deal on the name of its northern neighbour, which called itself macedonia at the break—up of the former yugoslavia. after 27 years of talks, the name "republic of north macedonia" has been agreed. and the top story here in the uk: the government has narrowly avoided a damaging defeat for its brexit strategy.