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it's thursday september fourteenth four pm here in washington d.c. i'm ashley banks and you're watching our team america our top story this hour more threats from north korea aimed at the u.s. and now in japan today a north korean state agencies said gang should use a nuclear weapons to sink japan and that the united states should be quote beaten to death like a rabid dog and turned into ashes and darkness the threats come in response to the u.s. and japan supporting the u.n. security council's decision to impose a tougher sanctions against north korea meanwhile the leader of south korea's opposition party plans asked washington for tactical nuclear weapons but as our teams on your part of the reports not everyone in seoul is on board for south korea receiving military arms earlier this week i reported on efforts from the opposition liberty korea party to convince washington to deploy tactical nukes. your weapon to
south korea in response to reason weapons tests from the north well today president . here in seoul ruled that out as an option saying he believes such an act would only excel or rate the arms race on the peninsula speaking today in a televised interview president moon said he does not agree that offending tactical nuclear weapons would improve security here on the peninsula adding he doesn't think south korea needs to develop its own nuclear weapons in order to deter the north however as moon has already demonstrated the option of introducing two different types of advantage military equipment to the peninsula is not entirely out of the question considering we witnessed the deployment of that here very recently a sad misfiled defense system despite heavy protests poll shows sixty percent of south koreans did support the act but to get
a different perspective i sat down today with one woman who organized the main demonstrations against the deployment of that and began by asking her why these protests happened around one hundred south korea civil society organizations set up this coalition opposing the limits of the body in south korea and because recently the government are trying to force deployment in a small village in south korea and that is why villagers and also. groups and also those who went down to his home due to protest against assad's deployment we see that there are three major problems some sort of employment in korea. assad is going to be part of the u.s. and the system the missile defense system so by deploying saudi south korea it means they will be part of the u.s. people to try to. eventually threaten tensions in northeast asia. secondly of these. they did deploy thought in south korea to prevent
a north north korean missile threats. but when you see the distance between north and south korea it's quite close to each other and thought is to prevent a high altitude missile. shooting so when they shoot missiles from north korea to south korea will be low altitude because we are very close that is why we say the fog is not going to be effective to defense a south korean peninsula korea from north korea this threat. lastly the process of deployment to fight in south korea is not democratic i don't know it was not transparent the government did not get any consultation or agreement from the villagers living in some june as well as there was no discussion proper discussion in the pilot and the deployment process has been very untransparent that is why you oppose it started pointing south korea it sounds like had might be more about russia and china. north korea oh we say that this is
a part of the us people. so the official reason of deployment is to protect the south korea from the threats from north korea but then we believe that this is not going to work in that way well there you have it it seems tensions on the korean peninsula are all about the u.s. pivot to asia it was a pivot started by obama and just how far president trump is willing to take it remains to be seen in seoul on your part and pilfer r.t. . moving now into the fight against isis the russian navy has targeted a number of isis held areas with missiles near the syrian city of dera zora. reports thursday's strikes are really quite significant because many see darrow's or as sort of one of isis last remaining strongholds in syria that we could be seeing the beginning of the end of i saw a final push to take back what little land they do have left at this point and the pictures we have of the seven cruise missiles being launched from two russian
submarines in the mediterranean sea really do show a lot of destruction being dug to their targets and of course a statement from the russian defense ministry has confirmed already that all their intended targets were hit and that includes control centers communications hubs and possibly most significantly an ammunition stockpile all in dares or now of course the fall of there is already really started last week when the british did when landmark progress in the city was finally settling a syrian forces backed by russian air force were finally able to break free year long blockade of the city and it's also believe that the number of very high level i sold militants were killed in the massive air strikes conducted by russia and while fighting of course does continue in the city today's successful strikes by russia really do bring syria one step closer to finally fully liberating that city and possibly the country as a whole from islamic state. back here in the u.s.
a new report claims the pentagon is buying weapons and ammunition from eastern europe to arm syrian rebels natasha sweet explains the report questions that legitimacy of the paper trail and which these weapons are being tracked to international weapons monitoring groups are making a big claims that the pentagon is spending a massive two point two billion dollars buying weapons from the former soviet union to arm syrian rebels fighting isis well the organized crime and corruption reporting project and the investigative reporting network say they've obtained documents that failed to mention syria as the weapons final destination some documents name places like kuwait and according to the reports the arms are ending up in syria the two groups allege the pentagon is manipulating the end destination of these weapons if true the report claims that this would be quote undermining the object and purpose of the united nations arms trade treaty well they say the program is all part of the u.s. is campaign for the syrian democratic forces which is going to continue for years
to come according to foreign policy's coverage of the reports the department of defense has budgeted five hundred eighty four million specifically for this syrian operation for twenty seventeen and twenty eighteen another nine hundred million has been earmarked between it now in two thousand and twenty two for soviet style munitions totaling to two point two billion dollars well the report questions if this is allegedly being done to hide u.s. involvement and the alleged operation has been criticized by officials in berlin saying they've seen large amounts of weapons passing through u.s. military bases in germany in route to syria we reached out to the department of defense for a statement on the claims and have not received a response as of news time in washington and sweeps r.t.d. . has claimed responsibility for an attack killing at least fifty people in southern iraq today gunmen opened fire. on people what i check point near nasiriyah
on the ticker problems before an attacker detonated a car bomb and during dozens more here images from today's attack they will be advised that was a graphic scene. item of evidence after the the attackers struck while isis is hanging on to the eastern syrian city dairies or by a thread with the syrian army punching through their lines after days of heavy fighting and marks a turn in the war against isis but as isis the weekend's al qaeda remains strong harry stuckey investigative journalist in boston publisher joins us to explain why al qaeda is still a stubborn problem for the syrian people thank you so much for joining us today i want to start with that how is al qaeda benefiting from the decline of isis right
now. well there's nothing like. al-qaeda coming to the rescue and. nothing like being needed to keep up the fight so i mean that's pretty easy to figure out and while the u.s. and russian resources focused on isis. yeah it is able to regroup and of course they're both instruments of western intelligence. and on the be periodically shipped polarities and now they're going back to kind of to do do the job so. they're poked instruments of ultimately of western intelligence because they meet the objectives of the western powers and saudi arabia and the. gulf monarchies their partners israel or the balkanization of or that region this is all part of the plan and everything's going
as planned. and harry i experts would definitely agree with you there saying that the syrian army can only focus on one terrorist organization at a time now and a tweet by a former cia operative i haven't mcmullan i want to read you something he said he said my job and if the i.a.e.a. with to go out and convince al-qaeda operatives to instead work with us now does this help explain why al qaeda is so strong in syria right now yeah well i mean it's it's it tells you a lot i mean first of all i mean you know you have to remember that this is the the organizational kind of that we spent sixteen years and six trillion dollars and but this was our you know existential enemy and you know now the cia personnel are saying well you know you are partners so that's that's one good point to remember what helps discombobulated this whole thing is to make a statement like that i read that statement and since remarkable he later tried to
say that when a college professor suggested the same thing he said oh you know do you teach this garbage to your to your students so he's going to figure out what what side he's on but yeah. this is very definitely. these these fighters or you know to think that we're we're we're being no our force into al qaeda and the base is against an optometrist when our bus. was a mild mannered kind of well spoken tom interest as a rather lovely wife these kind of people are the group's leaders and cannibals and this is what this is what the imperial powers are and this is what western intelligence is going well it's just balkanization and you know order out of chaos the old classic line it's true harry i want to add now into temper sycamore into
cia program that openly armed and for. on did and train moderate rebels now according to counterterrorism experts these rebels have links to both al qaida and isis trump has said he will end cia support for rebel groups in syria yet we see al qaeda has only gotten stronger now in your opinion i harry why do you think that is . well i think it shows that you know at this point that these these programs are in a sense on autopilot at this point you know the united states initiate sees things i said on this network one of the time that it's like a wind up dall you know this is them some financing are in place the gulf monarchies are providing the money turkey is providing logistical support israel has got their hand on it so at this point you know and this is the reason why the centers of power in the united states he trumps guts because he's not giving in the words they want and so that's why they're talking about low racism and sergeant if
that if trump were to start bombing assad you wouldn't hear a peep about russian e-mails in the american press so you know this is this is this is this is what's going on in the truck trump you can say what you want about him but i'll say this he's not giving up the wars that hillary promised him and i got to hand it to him why i'm impressed and it's not easy to do because all the forces pushing him for war and the fact that he's resisting it is really remarkable actually harry were a little short on time ah this is the final question you touched on this a bet that u.s. allies like saudi arabia qatar and turkey they i think that rebel group salim tell qaeda and i think this and saying that even if the u.s. stops funding these groups will they continue to threaten the syrian government jobs course because each each group there they may have objectives you know there's
the sunni monarchies there are competing against the energy resources of iran and they see they see their battle with syria as the gateway to their battle with iran israel wants a greater israel or at the destruction of their neighbors and you know everybody is you know poor poor. assad he's use like everybody sort of like vultures circuit circling around him and i have to say that it's he's a remarkable remarkable staying power and i hope he continues on because otherwise it's just well it's just going to be another terrorist state. you know so trumps doing the right thing and this is why i will empower it is god's care we're going to have to leave it there thank you so much for your time in your insight harry stuckey investigative journalism vox news publisher thank you so much for. the u.s. senate voted overwhelmingly against senator rand paul's amendment to the twenty
eight thousand national defense authorization act had been passed the amendment would have repealed the authorization for the use of military force from two thousand and one and two thousand additionally congress would have been required to review each of the united states foreign military interventions the act was brought in surely after the attacks on september eleventh and had been able the country to launch a numerous wars in the global fight against terrorism alternately paving the way for more than sixteen years of conflict we spoke with former u.s. congressman ron paul and father graham paul take a listen people make money off. oh we'll have a little war we'll have a little cold war and this will help our profits and they don't intend it to go much further of us so often it gets out of control and actually the policy is totally out of control because here it is sixteen years in this ongoing wars over there and there's no no end in sight except we need to continue our
efforts to wake up the american people so that thirty six votes turns into sixty six votes and then we put pressure on the media the person to represent us and present the truth. coming up on our team president trump and vice president mike pence survey the damage inflicted by hurricane wilma has a road to recovery message it's now. in case you're new to the game this is how it works now economy is built around core. operation from washington washington controls the media the media. and voters elected. by his. business people so. it's not business is huge it's business like it's never been done before.
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how the recovery efforts progress in the visit that was i have to say only three hours long so quite a short one came just a few days actually four days after the state was struck by leavin a trace of devastation especially in the florida keys and in the west coast first trump attended a briefing with state local and female officials then the president and his rather large entourage including first lady maloney a trump and vice president mike pence visited a mobile home park where they serve lunch to many of the victims trump made several stops then in naples where he prays for first responders and residents for doing an incredible job on rescue and recovery he also needed state and federal officials for their preparation in response to the hurricane and let's take actually a listen on what president trump had to say this has been
a difficult situation. for both all of the roads you know open and the fords are just about over what we had to do to get some of those sorts of people with the believe that we did it so quickly so we're very proud of the job that everybody around. but the big question now is when is the power going to be back for all of florida trump raise the florida power companies and the truth is that they are working around the clock to restore power and that the number of customers without electricity is decrease in every day but still there is an estimated two point five million customers that are still waiting for power while. another story we've been following is that it's sally the death of eight patients at a hollywood nursing home without power today police were granted a search warrant what more can you tell us about that. well tragic events unfolded
yesterday at the rehabilitation center in hollywood hills which resulted in people losing their lives hollywood police chief tom sanchez said to said at the news conference that investigators believe that the deaths were heat related and confirmed that the building has been sealed off and a criminal investigation is under way we now know the three of those patients died while they were on the second floor of that nursing home and then off to the officials evacuated one hundred fifty people five more died due to the consequence of consequences of the sweltering heat hollywood officials explained that the facility suffered a partial power lost and potable i.c. units were being used let's take a listen. the initial investigation has determined the facility had some power however the building's air conditioning system was not fully functional portable eighty units were being used in an attempt to cool the facility. tragically that
measure of the asli wasn't enough and now officials have announced that they are open in a criminal investigation that cyclists. the hollywood police department has been granted a search warrant for this property and officers are on scene continuing their criminal investigation officers are also working closely with the family members of the patients who were evacuated to retrieve from the building some of their small. and other effects investigators are role in anything out including carbon monoxide poisoning from generators and they will also look into how many windows were open at the time r.j. correspondent nick le sanchez o'donovan thank you so much for that report. and update now on to a story we brought you yesterday during this broadcast authorities in washington state are crediting a campus janitor for preventing a more bloodshed during
a school shooting the spokane county sheriff released a statement saying quote the suspect was able to shoot three other students before a custodian at the school approached him and ordered him to surrender according to local media fifteen year old caleb sharp was arrested shortly after the incident occurred at freeman high school just south of spokane washington when it says say the shooter was armed with a rifle and a pistol a motive for the shooting is not known. well that does it for now for more on the stories we covered go to youtube dot com slash r.t. america also check out our website r.t.e. dot com port five america was r t can now be found on direc t.v. channel three q one you can also follow me on twitter at actually banks underscore our team and don't forget to question more. larry you're watching our. first during the war.
a trial that we have spent countless hours for and through documents that tell the story. corporate media really use it to talk about. i'm not a pretty clear picture about how disturbing i'll. put. these are stories that no one know it's. hard to hold. the word propaganda gets thrown around a lot but it's always about another government it's russian propaganda or german propaganda or venezuelan propaganda it's always other countries doing the
propaganda but it's about time for americans to realize just how much propaganda its own government makes the independent recently did an investigation into the link between the pentagon and how it would and came up with some startling new figures they obtained a lot of files mainly through foyer requests that show that between one thousand eleven and twenty seventeen more than eight hundred big hollywood films received support from the department of defense that. slate's to about eight movies a year movies that are made with the support of the u.s. government that's pretty nuts the movies include transformers iron man the hulk and the terminator movies that sound like they're just about entertainment rights but if they're just for entertainment then why is the pentagon helping to work on to make sure they like the message and that's why which can only be described as one thing propaganda the independent points to t.v. shows and there. they found over nine hundred shows that have received backing from
the pentagon since two thousand and five alone just a little over a decade our defense department has been involved in so much of what we take it's entertainment on our t.v.'s the obvious ones are shows like twenty four and homeland but they're also meddling in shows like ice road truckers seriously our government puts its two cents in to hundreds of t.v. shows that we watch thinking it's just entertainment and again there's only one way to describe this and that's propaganda in their report the independent also details some of the specific changes that defense department asked movie makers to make so that the movies are more in line with what the government wants people to think and what example they give is from the movie meet the parents in it the writers had originally had robert de niro's character had been a ray of cia torture manuals because they thought it would be funny but the thea a actually asked the movie's makers to remove that so that americans don't actually think that the thea a has such manuals because that makes them found bad so yet our
media can try to tell us that it's only other countries that make propaganda but the independents recent report shows who the real propagandists are. for decades the american middle class has been railroaded by washington politics. big money corporate interests. a lot of boys that's how it is in the news culture in this country now that's where i come in. i'm michel martin i'll make sure you don't get railroaded that you'll get the straight talk in the break news. questionable.