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welcome to bbc news. broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: north korean state media says kim jong—un‘s accepted an invitation to visit the united states and donald trump's been invited to pyongyang. at tuesday's summit, north korea claimed yet again it would get rid of its nuclear weapons, but the us president shocked his allies in the region with this pledge on military exercises. we will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money. in the uk, the government avoids a damaging defeat over brexit, but only just. and the french president criticises the new italian government for refusing to take in 600 migrants stranded on a rescue ship in the mediterranean. hello.
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it's been an extraordinary 2a hours and the world is still reacting to the kim—trump summit. and it looks as if president trump and kim jong—un will meet again. north korea's official news agency is reporting the two leaders have invited each other back home and that both have accepted. but there are many questioning donald trump's upbeat assessment of the historic meeting. our north america editorjon sopel watched events unfold in singapore. 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
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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
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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...
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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
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see the future negotiations not going along like they should. but we will be saving a tremendous amount of money, plus i think it's very provocative. 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.
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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. we are going to be digging more into all this injust a moment. first we bring you this breaking news. north korea has claimed that president trump agreed to lift sanctions on north korea during that meeting. this is coming from the front page of the workers daily, the mouthpiece of the workers daily, the mouthpiece of north korea's ruling communist party. he chose the flags and the
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handshakes, the smiles and the men meeting on equal terms and the paper then says, president trump agreed to lift sanctions, this of course was not something in the signed agreement. it appears to be far more than not the united states has said in work. —— in public. joining me now live from washington is doug paal, he's the vice president for studies at the carnegie endowment for international peace. he was also on the national security council staffs of presidents reagan and george h w bush between 1986 and 1993 as director of asian affairs. very good to talk to you. first of all, what do you make of that claim, this claim, particular claim, from pyongyang? i am surprised to hear it on your news programme because nothing came from the american side about that. but i am not surprised at the north came away with a number of m essa g es at the north came away with a number of messages that may not be in the public, it publicly released materials so far. they would have
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construed or heard things that are not, the american government is not ready to tell the american people directly. the pledge at the press conference to stop the exercises will exasperate the nervousness in south korea and japan? will exasperate the nervousness in south korea and japan? of coarse. take back together with his performance at the g7 meeting in quebec and his extraordinary press conference after the summit and you will see a person who is trying to fall apart the liberal international order that was put together by the united states and its partners in the aftermath of world war two. he is taking on some very big risks, but the first step towards reducing the tension on the korean peninsular isa the tension on the korean peninsular is a much weaker, short step than i had anticipated. and we are hearing that mike pompeo is coming onto the peninsular again, there is bank to bea peninsular again, there is bank to be a great deal to be fantastic,
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perhaps to be changed entirely from what was discussed or at least claimed at the summit. what was discussed or at least claimed at the summitlj what was discussed or at least claimed at the summit. i think that is right. certainly the south koreans, and not mentioned so far, the japanese, are going to be shocked that the us would give up its conventional military exercises in exchange for nothing from north korea, which is presenting a non— conventional nuclear chemical, biological threat to the us, south korea and japan. those exercises are vital to maintaining the ability to deter conflict starting from north korea. the american troops, the south korean troops and the draftees and short—term servers in the american case, the north korea is forces have been better on time and we have to exercise every year to be ready for conflict. to give that up isa ready for conflict. to give that up is a major concession and we don't see anything in return. very good to
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talk to you, thank you very much. 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.
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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
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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. 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. we are going to be digging more into all this in just a moment. first we bring you this breaking news. north korea has claimed that president trump agreed to lift sanctions on north korea during that meeting. this is coming from the front page
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of the workers daily, the mouthpiece of north korea's ruling communist party. he chose the flags and the handshakes, the smiles and the men meeting on equal terms and the paper then says, president trump agreed to lift sanctions, this of course was not something in the signed agreement. it appears to be far more than not the united states has said in public. joining me now live from singapore is francesco mancini, associate dean & visiting associate professor at the national university of singapore's lee kuan yew school of public policy. your reaction to the breaking news that president trump has promised to get the sanctions lifted. this on top of the news that both leaders plan to visit each other, capitals and military exercises by the south and military exercises by the south and the us will apparently be suspended. yes, i mean, i am not surprised there will be a bit of
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confusion about the content of the meeting. again, ithink confusion about the content of the meeting. again, i think everybody will play the news on their advantage. this is the result of having a rather murky process. history has taught us that a summit would be successful because there is no detail. this will add to the overall confusion, which obviously doesn't work very well in this part of the world. our world affairs editor was saying today that it looks like donald trump got thoroughly done over in singapore. he agreed to cancel the exercises, as north korea had been demanding, as north korea had been demanding, as china wanted. but kimjong—un has not agreed to halt testing permanently, nor to let inspectors back in, nor to do strike —— street is icbm's or is nuclear programme. as you know, a dozen times before north korea has said it would not
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pursue nukes and denuclearisation hasn't done any of those things are. correct. 0verall, hasn't done any of those things are. correct. overall, the reaction to the summit is positive because everybody is happy that we move from the rhetoric, that the position of six months ago to today. however when we get into the details, you are going to see a lot of concerns. nobody is going to be very happy of a very quick disengagement of the united states in this part of the world. particularly japan as well as south korea. but also countries in south korea. but also countries in south east asia who really count on the united states as a counterbalance to the growing chinese military engagement in this pa rt chinese military engagement in this part of the world. china is obviously happy. that is the autumn the goal of china to, to seek the us troops out of the korean peninsula. so that is where we are. and i think that obviously can got the most out of the study for hours here in singapore. —— kim.
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of the study for hours here in singapore. -- kim. big questions, the security of north—east asia are at stake, no less. thank you very much. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: caught on camera. what the leaders' body language revealed about what they were thinking. 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.
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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 news. the latest headlines: north korean state media says kim jong—un has accepted an invitation to visit america, while donald trump has been invited to pyongyang. the us president has described tuesday's summit in singapore as tremendous. the north korea's leader again pledged to get rid of his nuclear weapons. the british government has averted a damaging defeat
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for its brexit strategy. a mix of last—minute promises and negotiations persuaded a majority of 26 members of parliament to reject an amendment to the eu withdrawal bill. the amendment from the unelected upper chamber, the lords, would have given parliament wide powers over the brexit process. here is our political editor laura kuenssberg. 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
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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 have 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
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of the referendum. none of their lordships' amendments, in any way, seek to frustrate the brexit process or allow... ..or 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 of your screen 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 frontbench. was he delivering the news of how a deal could be done? but just what exactly has been agreed?
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remember, rebels did not vote against the government because they believed they had a personal promise from the prime minister that there would be a change to the draft laws. well, what we've agreed to is 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 is to have further discussions, to try to find a way through. and there's a purpose to those discussions, which is a potential amendment, further amendment, in the lords. the remainers who piled into the prime minister's office believed that they had an assurance from her, that they could trust, that this wouldn'tjust be a discussion, this would be a change. there's an expectation that the discussion will yield some fruit, and i'm not saying it won't, and it could very well end up with a further amendment in the lords. those are not the same thing, and there is an issue of trust here. i'm not going to just blithely come forward with a set of ideas that
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have not had the merit of consultation or scrutiny with colleagues. it's got to be done properly. but if, inside the party, inside that building, there are different 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 that, by trying to run away from confrontation, the government is making it harder than it really needs to be. france and italy have exchanged sharp words over hundreds of migrants on a ship in the mediterranean. the french president accused the italian government of cynicism and irresponsibility for refusing to let them land in italy. around 600 people rescued last weekend have now received vital food supplies. the group, including pregnant women and children, are mainly from west africa. 0ur correspondent james reynolds sent this update from the sicilian port of catania. the ship leaves in its wake a series
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of damage 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, you will 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 mediterranean, and in the morning, in this sport, 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 are brought here under an italian flag. let's return to our main story, the singapore summit. the day itself wasn't short of dramatic images, most notably president trump and kimjong—un shaking hands on a red carpet, with the north korean and us flags as a backdrop. but what did we learn from their body language? trump is clearly making
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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 could 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 is also, i mean, in terms of the asian context, a particular deference when you meet somebody older, so he's letting trump take the lead and he's taking trump in. their handshake was very
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well—balanced, no big grabs, 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. to update you on that news, with america's allies in north—east asia, south korea and japan, still digesting the assertion from president trump that military exercises will be suspended on the korean peninsula, that news coming in from south korean state media. there are claims in south korean state media that the us agreed and president trump agreed to lift sanctions on north korea during the summit. that has certainly not in public. also, the two leaders, we
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are told, plan to visit each other‘s capitals. 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're starting 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. but ahead of that wet weather, it's going to feel quite pleasant,
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with 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. you can see the dark blue colours indicating some 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 the first part of thursday morning, we'll 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's rush hour, gales or severe gales, so do tune into your bbc local 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
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and temperatures — well, cool and fresh across northern areas, but actually, down towards 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, it's certainly not going to be 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. this is bbc news. the headlines: north korea's state news agency says president trump has agreed to lift sanctions during his meeting with kimjong—un in singapore. as well as stopping military exercises with south korea. earlier reports from north korea said its leader has accepted an invitation from president trump to visit the united states. the british government has averted a damaging defeat for its brexit strategy — a mix of last—minute promises and negotiations persuaded a majority of 26 members of parliament to reject an amendment to the eu withdrawal bill.
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the amendment, from the unelected upper chamber, the lords, would have given parliament wide powers over the brexit process. france and italy have exchanged sharp words over hundreds of migrants on a ship in the mediterranean. the french president accused the italian government of "cynicism and irresponsibility" for refusing to let them land in italy. now on bbc news, tuesday in parliament.
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