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 claims president trump agreed to lift sanctions at tuesday's summit with kimjong—un, and that both leaders have accepted invitations to visit each other‘s capitals. north korea promised, as it has many times before, that it would denuclearise. the us president shocked his allies in the region with this pledge on american military exercises. we will be stopping the wargames, which will save 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.
within the past few hours, state media in pyongyang has claimed that at tuesday's summit in singapore, president trump expressed his intention to lift sanctions on north korea if negotiations go well. this goes much further than anything said in public by president trump, or in the signed agreement. if correct, it gives more weight to the many questioning mr trump's upbeat assessment of the meeting. our north america editor jon sopel was in singapore. there is 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. i feel really great. we're going to have a great discussion. and 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 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 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. another victory for the north koreans seemed to be a declaration from the us president, a pledge that took south korea by surprise. we will be stopping the wargames, 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. and then donald trump, the former property developer, set out the economic opportunities for a north korea at peace with its neighbours. 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. i spokejust now to the bbc‘s robin brant, in the south korean capital. what does he make of the latest claims from the north? 0n the sanctions, i think the issue of how that's being reported both here and in the north of korea speaks to the ambiguity, the lack of detail that came in that signed agreement yesterday. i mean, this is the front page of the workers daily, in north korea, this morning, rodong sinmun. this is the mouthpiece of the ruling communist party, littered
with pictures of yesterday's meeting. it goes on, as does other state media, to report that the president agreed to lift sanctions as long as their relationship advances to mutual benefit. now, you know, that's being emphasised by state media in the north, because sanctions have absolutely crippled their economy, and it's crucial that that regime is loosened. you know, what we saw from the president yesterday is a reference to the sanctions, but being in place until, i think he said, the factor of the nuclear weapons has lessened. then we saw mike pompeo, the american secretary of state, say the day before, sanctions will stay in place until they get complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation. so you've got three very different takes on the sanctions regime there. one from the president, the secretary of state. they're on the same side, of course, but it speaks to the ambiguity, doesn't it? and it allows the north koreans to report this morning that apparently the president said, yeah, sanctions will be lifted at some
point in the future, it's safe to assume. but nonetheless there's ambiguity, there's a lack of detail here. and it allows state media in north korea this morning to say that and they think to say that confidently. it is reported that mike pompeo is back negotiating on the north korean peninsula. i guess, from such a summit where the president seemed to be winging so much of it, there are bound to be thinks that need to be rowed back, finessed, ignored, maybe changed entirely? i mean, perhaps the success of yesterday, if indeed you think it was a success, and many people to a certain extent do, the fact that these two men came together and they had their moment is a success. but perhaps the fact they coud reach an agreement was because the comprehensive agreement was only 1.5 pages long, and it did lack detail. now comes the hard work. as i think mike pompeo and also south korea's president, moonjae—in,
have described — now comes the hard work. a long process, agreeing a framework between the americans, the north koreans, that will involve the south koreans as well, and then the step by step process of more meetings, more negotiations, building more trust and deciding how they're going to progress in what, again, north korea is reporting, both sides agree will be a step by step process towards denuclearisation. but as you say, and mike pompeo gets here later. i think there will be meetings with the japanese as well. i've been speaking to doug paal from the carnegie endowment for international peace. he gave me his reaction to the possibility of sanctions being lifted. i'm not surprised at the north came away with a number of messages that may not be in the publicly released materials so far. they will have construed or heard things that are not — the american government is not ready to tell the american people directly. president trump's pledge at the press conference to stop the military exercises
will exacerbate, surely, the nervousness in south korea and japan? of course, and you take that together with his performance at the g7 meeting in quebec, and his extraordinary press conference after the summit, and you 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 ii. he is taking on some very big risks. but the first step towards reducing the tension on the korean peninsula is a much weaker, shorter step than at least i had anticipated. and yet we're hearing that mike pompeo, the us secretary of state, is coming onto the peninsula again. there is bank to be a great deal to be fantastic, perhaps to be changed entirely, from what was discussed or at least claimed at the summit. i think that's right. certainly the south koreans
are 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 from starting from north korea. the american troops, the south korean troops, are draftees in the south korean case, short—term servers in the american case. the north korea forces have been there for a long time. and we have to exercise every year to be ready for conflict. to give that up is a major concession, and we don't see anything in return. 0ur correspondent in seoul, laura bicker, looks now at the possible impact of the summit. 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, 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 wargames — 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 korea 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. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: caught on camera. what, ifanything, does the leaders‘ body language reveal 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. 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 president trump agreed to lift sanctions at tuesday‘s summit with kimjong—un, and kim has accepted an invitation to visit the united states. the us president has
described tuesday‘s summit in singapore as tremendous. the north korean leader again pledged to get rid of his nuclear weapons. 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. the amendment, from the unelected upper chamber, the lords, would have given parliament wide powers over the brexit process. here‘s 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 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 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. he sits to have a casual chat with some rebels. 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? 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 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. 0ur correspondent, james reynolds sent this update from the sicilian port of catania. 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, 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 port, 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. what‘s in a name? well arguably, quite a lot. particularly if you are called "macedonia". after a 27 year deadlock with greece, the former yugoslav republic will now be known as the republic of north macedonia. the change aims to distinguish the country from the greek province of the same name. caroline rigby reports. it‘s a dispute that has fuelled protest and divided
opinion for decades. what to call this tiny country to the north of greece. but after almost 30 years of talks, agreement. the balkan state known as the former yugoslav republic of macedonia will now be called the republic of north macedonia. the two balkan countries have been at loggerheads ever since the breakup of yugoslavia in the early 1990s. greece insists the name macedonia belongs to its northern region, rather than its neighbour, shown here on the map. it feared the yugoslav republic could have territorial ambitions and athens was further angered when it laid claim to ancient greek figures such as alexander the great, naming its airport and motorway after the warrior king, though they were both renamed earlier this year. translation: in the agreement that we reached our northern
neighbours have nothing to do with the ancient greek civilisation of macedonia and cannot claim any connection to it in the future. the dispute became so bitter greece vetoed it is neighbour‘s bid tojoin nato and the european union. but that could now change. translation: we truly believe that the european council will make the decision to begin membership talks with macedonia. we believe at the nato summit injuly macedonia will be invited to have full membership as the alliance‘s 30th member. the title does still need to be approved by both countries‘ parliaments and in a referendum by the macedonian people, but it seems just five letters could help end years of name—calling. caroline rigby, bbc news. let‘s return to our main story. 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 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
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. briefly, the main breaking the. north korean state media is claiming that president trump agreed to lift sanctions at tuesday‘s summit in singapore and that both leaders have accepted invitations to visit each other‘s capitals. more news on that any time on the bbc website. 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, 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 and temperatures — well, cool and fresh across northern areas, but actually, down towards the south—east, still getting up to around 22 degrees. then we look 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 is claiming that president trump agreed to lift sanctions during his meeting with kimjong—un in singapore, as well as stopping american military exercises with south korea, as the north has long demanded. state media in pyongyang is also claiming both leaders have accepted invitations to visit each other‘s capitals. 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. the amendment 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. around 600 people are on board, including pregnant women and children.