donald trump as a sanctions olive branch to pyongyang shortly after into korean relations suffer a blow with the north pulling its staff out of a liaison office aimed at facilitating dialogue between the two sides. tensions rise in the middle east as the u.s. leader says washington should recognize israeli sovereignty over the contested golan heights an area seized from syria more than half a century ago. banned from classes pro palestinian students at king's college london say they were locked out during a visit by the queen. a bombshell report alleges that a group of american mercenaries illegally traveled to haiti to help the caribbean countries president consolidate power and move eighty million dollars.
i there with twenty four seven headline news this is r.t. international and calibrate friday night at ten here in the russian capital first for you this hour donald trump in the past couple of hours has announced that he's told the u.s. treasury not to impose any new sanctions on north korea and it comes after the north is said to have pulled its stuff out of the into korea liaison office a defacto embassy and communication channel for peace and soul of. north korea informed us this morning that it would pull out its staff from the liaison office on instructions from a superior authority and it would through its staff so the north said it doesn't mind the south remaining in the office and that it will fight on further practical matters in the future our government finds the north decision regrettable and it is hoped that the north returns its staff to the liaison office for normal operation as it was agreed between the two countries the latest setback on the korean peninsula. donald trump's apparent attempt at damage limitation comes just
a month after talks between the u.s. and north korea collapsed about somebody's vietnam that was due to differences over washington sanctions regime correspondent joined you know no deal to break down the developments. not only is office it was only set up you know last year was that it's not widely known to break it down when it actually is the creation of the setting up of the office was this little baby step towards reunification towards closer ties and we know that when it comes to the things happening on the korean peninsula and the baby step is important as you said it was only set up six months ago after that historic visit south korea's president moon to pyongyang you remember when he was waving hands to all the public and the streets it was really seen as a historic breakthrough. the office was intended for these kind of face to face contacts not on the highest level but in between some sort of officials and
diplomats which used to be rare but now it looks like this will have to be put on hold for a while maybe for good we don't know baby steps but important steps at the same office that's what it was designed to do what he would end the any indication of the last two or three of its officers the north korea hasn't officially announced that this was drawl what's happening so we don't really know what the reason is what we do know is that it happened right after the americans decided to punish two chinese companies for doing business with and diplomats in beijing have already called this kind of thing unacceptable they believe that these kind of moves should only be made after some sort of decisions by the u.n. so there you have it after the donald trump. summit in one noise this was. the first action taken by washington against north korea and anyone who is
dealing with it and you know all this saw it all these signs of friendship between donald trump and chairman kim they may end up being absolutely irrelevant when the u.s. sanctions alarm goes off and i'll tell you what officials in north korea have recently said that they aren't feeling that americans were making any steps to loosen their stranglehold when it comes to all this pressure on north korea lucy tell me if the united states was not interested in improving health career u.s. relations or implementing the june twelfth joint declaration it was only trying to produce results for political achievement i will make this clear the forceful stance of the us will make the situation more dangerous i was supreme leader ship can clarify its decision soon the us president loves to brag about how great he
is making all these moves towards peace on the korean peninsula but as you've said in hanoi there was no peace agreements i know there's a failure was not essentially well essentially rise you say but nothing signed there and it appears that kim jong il didn't bend under all this might of donald trump's diplomatic skills and now it looks like the dollars from the ministration is at a crossroads they should decide whether they want to continue to play that role as a great peacemaker for korea or they want to go back to the role of the bad cop who keeps lobbying everyone around the world with sanctions. we're joined now by sort of who's an expert on the asia pacific region of the institute for china america studies welcome to you thanks for joining us what do you think donald trump's tweeting about writing back on fresh sanctions when only a few weeks ago in vietnam he seemed to suggest the. no wiggle room as far as that
was concerned. i think the sanctions that you're talking about are very small sanctions they're not grand big sanctions which are going to be passed to the united nations these are small sanctions but i think what donald trump is alluding to is that the u.s. north korea talks side of a very delicate face at this point of time north korea essentially has to get back to the u.s. how it wants to go forward and dora crum doesn't want to do that in a negative direction by imposing a new whole set of sanctions and that's why he's kind of holding his hand at this point of time and waiting till we have some signs are still where north korea wants to go forward on this front sanctions that were announced today we're going to chinese companies not korea ones do you think he was maybe confused in his tweet or is he trying to spin this is a surrogate is doing something positive towards north korea. you know the issue is that there is a sanctions committee which is looking after implementing as an executed in the
u.n. sanctions and some of these sanctions are being invaded on the side in terms of ship to ship transfers and that's where a whole list of shipping vessels were saying shouldn't it which actually also included one south korean vessel but the whole the whole purpose is these are not really new new sanctions per se it's implementation of existing sanctions and the u.s. adding four adding adding into teams to that list but at the same time do i think donald trump understands that if he goes heavy handed on this front this could really tip the conversation with the north koreans in a very negative direction and skew the where they come back in terms of either they want to pursue this conversation for them or not and so do you think there's a chink of light in this there because three weeks ago and i did very much of an impasse in vietnam what difference will donald trump move make towards trying to bridge that gap. i think what donald trump is trying. to do are those is
not are not not queer the pitch any further not not skew things and make the environment that much harder even for the negative at the end of the day when i think a couple of weeks we will hear back from the north korean side as to how they would like to proceed further we must remember that in april of twenty eighteen it was at the third plenum that the north korean the third plenum of the workers' party that kim jong un said you know what i am now going to move a very from dual military economic focus to a purely economic forecasts and who knows in this next month sometime in mid april he might come back and say you know what i might have a dual focus and also do in terms of building my military as well as my economy which can which can be a real certain back for the for the for the denuclearization related talks so at this point of time the ball really resides on the north korean side on how they will respond after hanoi and i think donald trump is going a little bit out
a little out of his way to ensure that he doesn't mess things up in the during this interim period to the north koreans have come back with their views of how much of a setback you think today's development is which we heard from south korea the north of pull itself from that liaison office is that a big setback at a major hurdle. no i don't think it's a major hole and so it is a small setback no doubt i think the north koreans are telegraphing clearly to south korea that don't have expectations of into korean relations going very far unless two things happen unless the conversations with the u.s. born well that is the u.s. north korea conversations going where or alternatively unless south korea kind of breaks from the from being under the u.s. umbrella per se in terms of the conversations and chooses to take a more autonomous part in terms of into korean reconciliation which is really not going to happen from so so from that perspective i think their signal. to saul hang
back and take it and we cannot you need to move away from this mediating role and actually poor sue into korean relations all the ways don't pursue anything at all but i will coming back to your original question you know they had important military confidence building measures agreed upon at the at the summit in september those are a fairly big deal and none of that has been touched this is just the liers on office we're talking about which is also originated from that summit but it's a it's a smaller deal i would say ok so our groups are from the institute for china american studies thanks for joining us from washington this evening. breaking with decades of u.s. policy president trump and said it's time the united states fully recognizes the contested golan heights as part of israel the region was seized from syria after the six day war in one thousand nine hundred sixty seven and an extra one thousand nine hundred one the syrian government has reacted angrily to mr trump's comment and says that it has every intention of liberating the area. russia's foreign
minister is also condemned the proposal saying such a move would violate a number of un resolutions germany and france have said they're opposed to any unilateral measures to and on friday the un human rights council joined the chorus of condemnation passing a resolution criticizing is really illegal israeli settlement expansion in the golan heights with more on the growing backlash morgan. donald trump's support for israel has taken some new heights and that would be the golan heights and it now seems that despite the un and syria and others recognizing this territory as belonging to syria donald trump wants it to be recognized as part of israel let's take a listen to what he tweeted out of the fifty two year time for the united states to fully recognize israel so vincy over the golan heights which is of critical strategic and security importance the state of israel and regional stability now this announcement on twitter came as mike pompei o the top diplomat of the united
states secretary of state was meeting with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu he expressed a huge amount of gratitude for this gift of recognizing the golan heights and its time when the run ceased to the platform to destroy israel trump boldly recognize these israeli sovereignty and the golan heights thank you president trump now in its annual human rights report the usa described palestinian territories not as israeli occupied but rather as israeli controlled and we recently saw mike pump a zero take the unprecedented move as u.s. secretary of state and actually visit the western wall in jerusalem now at this point the world is well aware that benjamin netanyahu is facing an election that will determine whether or not he remains the prime minister of israel and some have interpreted donald trump's moves as essential trying to help netanyahu showing u.s. support for netanyahu taking unprecedented steps in pro israeli stances by the
united states as a whole and people wonder if this could lead to an escalation in the region we sent out a number of analysts about donald trump's comments that they expressed concern to us about the proposal that the president would be set by recognizing that go to the heights is a part of israel. it seems that donald trump now is the spokesman for netanyahu and he is intervening in the israeli election and he would like netanyahu to win this election so i wouldn't be surprised when he meet him in the white house next week mixed with the i think you will give him a huge prison which is the mission of the israeli sovereignity or. totally cynically it's breaking all the international rules and international law i mean there isn't the whole one in the world i guess who has any doubts about the legal status of the ground hurts the golan heights is an occupied territory no
doubts about this and here comes an american president can say no matter what the international law says no mater what they would say we recognize it is an israeli city because israel holds it for so many years so why not if we follow this. really raises a lot of questions about a lot of other occupations all over the world. chancellor angela merkel has warned the germany could be isolating itself when it comes to joint european defense projects the german leader says berlin is in danger of becoming an unreliable partner after a banned weapon sales to saudi arabia. joint european projects require reliability between partners otherwise would be viewed either as morally arrogant who is incapable of compromise a self-imposed ban on selling arms to riyadh was introduced in october last year that affected britain and france which both new german parts to develop their
weapons germany's decision to hold sales was in response to the death of saudi dissident journalist jamal khashoggi allegedly killed by saudi arabia and the merkel is urging a compromise be found but she's facing pressure from coalition partners for stricter regulations. i talked to a member of the left party in germany who believes chancellor merkel is trying to keep up traditions. i'm going to markets party it's a matter of historical record that it's in the back of the dea those who have paid for election campaign so that the interests that she is representing a chance if you look at conflicts in mexico where the tells are using german small weapons especially and if you look at these state in the area and. iraq and syria using german small weapons germany lost other than those of france and england and she wants to weaken those lost she wants to weaken the regulation so that german
companies can export all over the world even where there's active conflict zones german population is overwhelmingly against those exports but that doesn't seem to be a matter of finding a market. bombshell investigations claim that american mercenaries helped haiti's president consolidate power seven military contractors were arrested there in february but then released without charge some intense rivalries in the government and protected anti-government protests in the country. just when they missed an exotic get out these men or most scenarios he says they were here to attack part of the executive branch of the government.
see those reports due to privacy considerations we're unable to comment further they were apparently going to transfer eighty million dollars out of the petrel caribbean account in haiti in the bank to another account which would be under the control of president joe from elmo we saw the petro caribbean account required authorization if you will from. his then prime minister. and the bank president john bad. so this was apparently
their mission they entered haiti many of them without stamping their passport without going through immigration without going through customs they had come in with weapons which is a violation not just of u.s. law but haitian law pressure from the u.s. embassy had them released in a completely illegal manner are you able now that the piece is released had to disclose your source and if not why not. spend a week in haiti speaking to. haitian police officials justice department officials people. with any connection who have any knowledge at all of this operation see can't disclose our source the. requested anonymity and so we have to protect our shores. came alive broke the story for the online news outlet the intercept one of the most recent retired navy seal disputes that
version of events chris holtzmann says they were hired to score to haiti american businessmen to sign an investment contract rest of the day before the planned meeting and then now deleted instagram post he also claimed they were used quote as pawns in a public fight between the heisman president and prime minister the pm was dismissed on monday. meanwhile u.s. senator marco rubio was in the country on thursday to discuss how any government will be formed that he's new prime minister was appointed the same day report author came again says u.s. attempts to influence action politics will spark further unrest in the country. a. certain irritant or certain combustibility to this situation. really all right. the latest spasm of. demonstrations the prime minister in fact when he was. voted out by the deputies was in front of the senate. answering for
what happened with these mercenaries so yes the whole mercenary story has played a role one from the questions everybody had about it and that our story has come out and basically. torn off the lives or pulled back the curtain on this story and i think that this is going to create even more and more consternation. on the part of the haitian people. reminder on the political situation in haiti opposition protesters remain angry over skyrocketing inflation and alleged government corruption they blame that on the current president who was sworn in two years ago on a pledge to create more jobs and improve living conditions. the european union's rejected tourism a's request for a three month delay to breakfast instead offering the twenty second of may as a final deadline for some analysis on the story which is developing by the hour
let's bring in thomas brooks who's a law and government professor at durham law school in the u.k. . really though this development the fate of bridget. and social our british friends. as they you are for the worst. told for the best. as you love. of the day so i asked after a seemingly endless night of debate discussion and chopping and changing plans that you council did finally come up with that official proposal for to reason my condo with quite strict terms and conditions and extension of article fifty until the twenty second of may conditional upon her passing a plan through parliament a further extension until the twelfth of april conditional upon the u.k. coming up with some sort of roadmap of plan as to what exactly to do and the possibility of yet another further as yet indefinite extension conditional upon the
u.k. participating in european parliamentary elections that is something to resume a has said is a red line for her and would of course be rather pointless given the u.k. has decided to leave the european union in the press conference this morning donald tusk was quite clever with his wording he stated that anything is possible that they're hoping for the best and hope dies last we know what that means of course with this proposal the eve council has moved the paradigms of this debate right away from the prospect of a no deal hard bricks at further towards the possibility of a deal further extensions or even the possibility of revoking article fifty and the u.k. staying in the european union as donald to said to one journalist in that conference he's more pro british than the journalist is nevertheless though the long hours of those debate seemingly did take that's all a little bit on that press conference last night.
do it be able to also agree still an extension until the. twentieth of april of. this year yes. on to the very end. i. think to do our poll. and there's still empty you learnt it means that that a lot of space. will eat you officials patience isn't endless though chris said that kicking the can down the road isn't an option because the road in
perspective is a short one and this was something echoed by german shots at our local nut. we have for the time being prevented and no deal brax it on the twenty ninth of march but these a very short periods of time so britain have to meet near what path that wishes to pursue you so it's official you can master to the e.u. said tim borrow has written to the council accepting their proposal and now it's all eyes away from brussels back to westminster words the reason may try to pass plan and nobody really knows what's going to happen in parliament next week what we can say for sure is that it's shaping up to be one of the most crucial weeks in the house of commons in decades if not in generations can the reason may get lucky and get the deal passed through the house of commons or this time next week will we once again be in some sort of political limbo stay tuned to find out. how in reaction to the christ church mosque shootings exactly
a week ago the first terror attack in new zealand in more than three decades to come. largest bookstore chain is revising what's on its shelves placing a ban on one of its bestsellers twelve rules of life has sold over three million copies worldwide and it covers a wide range of topics from discipline and responsibility to the psychology of mass shooters the store defended its decision saying that it didn't want what it called extremely disturbing material circulating in the wake of the attack may also be connected to this photo which shows off jordan peterson wearing a t. shirt saying that i'm a proud as llama phobe cross it however it seems that some other controversial books don't fall under the same criteria like this for instance at all fitness mind count is still available on the shop's website and the word cause changes isn't alone in putting a band on jordan peterson's works cambridge university in the u.k. has revoked its offer of a visiting fellowship to the author as a result of a student backlash saying there's no place for people who don't uphold its
principles and the latest edition of artie's going underground jordan peterson himself calls the decision unprofessional and cowardly. well i think it says more about the nature of the universities in general than about free speech in general i mean i don't feel that my disinvited taishan has compromised my free speech ability because i have so many platforms on which i can discuss my ideas but i think that it was handled in an unbelievably unprofessional shoddy and cowardly way i mean i was never even notified formally that this invitation occurred i found out about it through the grapevine and i have no will still have no real explanation for why it happened. only able to surmise the reasons i think that i was in cambridge in november and i did a very popular talk there and there was lots of student interest and interest out
the faculty of divinity as well and i was really looking forward to working with the experts there on biblical issues and i thought it would have been a very good collaboration for everyone given the popularity of the biblical lecture series i did a year ago and i think it's i think it's sad that. you can see king's college london play they were from attending classes because of their pro palestine activism they were told it was because of a security reasons during a visit by the queen spoke to one of the students involved. i went into uni like you know for my eleven am back shows like ten for the emotional time it was i walked in and i got my id card a top two on the barrier and it wouldn't it wouldn't work the barrier wouldn't open i talked about three times and by the time i kind of psyched to myself i knew that this was intentional marines a student at king's college london but for one day this week she wasn't she was barred while kings was hosting the queen.
around the time of this grand entrance on the all this knowledge of the building the second year religion and politics student was having this conversation with security guards come in the armored car the spin room sort of record. for your request. threshold to leave protocol to be called they're not perfect and we saw what they did she wasn't the only one experiencing this issue. it was here that marine tried to get into her university for a second time but she says she was told by security guards here that she was one of several students who had been barred from her own university for the duration of the queen's visit now marina and her friends say that they've been politically
profiled for their history of peaceful demonstrations over issues such as palestine demos like this wasn't in this group long term was are you going to go out to the north people who think this is not ok or does. marine doesn't have a criminal record she claims she was just singled out by her university for being a politically minded muslim woman i must be paying student i pay nine thousand pounds right and i'm i'm not allowed to go to my lecture because i'm a carrier. security got to the meat. outrageous yeah since the incident the students have staged more protests highlighting what happened to them and demanding on says. i. king's college london is one of the u.k.'s oldest universities that occupies several buildings in central london and the queen and the duchess of cambridge way
opening this new building bush house now ought to put the students allegations to the university and the response we got was simply that there was an event here that required the highest level of security we had an event on tuesday which demanded the highest level of security and we had to minimize movement three buildings for security reasons at a time some of our buildings were not successful the metropolitan police told r.t. that they don't comment on security issues but marine says that talking about political issues shouldn't make her a security. and that's the way it looks from moscow this hour i'll have you next on three international update after watching the hawks.