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this is bbc news. the headlines: there's international condemnation as north korea claims to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, its most powerful nuclear test yet. mr president, will you attack north korea? we will see. that was president trump saying "we'll see." he's also threatened to cut trade to any country doing business with pyongyang. the brexit secretary says the eu is making itself look "silly" by insisting negotiations aren't making progress and dismisses reports the uk is preparing to pay a £50 billion divorce bill. we have said the era of big payments to the european union is coming to an end. i suspect we will still be paying something. hospital bosses are warning the nhs in england could suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout. also in the next hour... walter becker, who co—founded the us band steely dan, has died aged 67.
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its # are you reelin' in the years? in the group's heyday in the 1970s, it scored hits with reelin‘ in the years, do it again, and deacon blues. and in sport, britain's lewis hamilton celebrates after winning this afternoon's italian grand prix in monza. good evening and welcome to bbc news. president trump has warned that the united states is considering cutting economic ties with any countries that do business with north korea. he issued the threat in a tweet after pyongyang's latest nuclear test, and says he's holding
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an urgent meeting with his national security team. when asked if he would attack north korea, president trump replied: "we'll see". the latest missile test is claimed to be a hydrogen bomb — many times more powerful than those used in previous tests, and north korea said it was a "perfect success", hours after seismologists had detected an earth tremor. the test took place at a site in the north east of the country. analysts say the claims should be treated with caution, but that north korea's nuclear capability is clearly advancing. from seoul, in south korea, yogita limaye sent this report. state television, proudly announcing that the country has conducted another nuclear test. it was a perfect success, the newsreader said. pyongyang claims to have detonated a hydrogen bomb at its nuclear testing site in the north—east of the country. hundreds of miles away in china, people say they witnessed tremors caused by the explosion. experts believe it could be
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the most powerful weapon north korea has tested so far. earlier in the day, these photographs were released of north korean leader kimjong un inspecting what is claimed to be a bomb. the country says the nuclear device it's tested can be fitted onto an intercontinental missile. a serious threat, because it means pyongyang can arm these long—range rockets it tested in july, missiles that put the us mainland infiring range. in south korea, an emergency meeting was held. translation: i can't help but be disappointed and outraged. north korea has made an absurd tactical mistake by creating a series of provocations such as launching icbm missiles and conducting a nuclear test, which has heightened tensions
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on the peninsula and is threatening world peace. it will isolate them further. injapan, the prime minister called the latest test unacceptable. translation: if north korea forcibly conducted a nuclear test, it's absolutely unacceptable and we have to strongly protest it. it comes less than a week after north korea launched this rocket. but it's the us that north korea considers its biggest enemy, and the latest test is a step forward in its goal towards making weapons that could strike america. regarding the united states, i think it could be a game changer, because the hydrogen bomb is sometimes 1,000 times more powerful than a nuclear bomb. that means kim jong—un will threaten the united states that "if you do not leave south korea, north korea would attack seattle, la or san francisco with hydrogen bombs". "kim jong—un has finally
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started respecting us", president donald trump has said just in the last fortnight, when it seemed as though the rhetoric from pyongyang had died down. today, north korea's leader has shown that he has no intention to stop. following president trump's condemnation, the prime minister theresa may issued a statement deploring the missile test as "reckless". she said it posed "an unacceptable further threat to the international community", which must now "come together to continue to increase the pressure on north korea's leaders to stop their destabilising actions". well, so far, a series of us and un—backed sanctions against the north have had little apparent effect on pyongyang. the us treasury secretary steven mnuchin told fox news that his department was preparing potent new measures that would completely "cut off north korea economically."
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idid speak i did speak with the president. it's clear that this behaviour is completely unacceptable. we've already started with sanctions against north korea, but i am going to draft a sanctions package to send to the president for his strong consideration that anybody who wants to do trade or business with them would be prevented from doing trade or business with us. we are going to work with our allies. we'll work with china, but people need to cut off north korea economically. this is unacceptable behaviour. in a moment, we'll be live in washington to speak to our correspondent richard lister. but first, let's hear from hamish de bretton gordon — a former british army officer and chemical weapons expert. hejoins me on webcam from bangalore in india. how disturbed are you by north korea's claims, firstly? the first thing to state is that everything
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that kim jong—un has said thing to state is that everything that kimjong—un has said he thing to state is that everything that kim jong—un has said he will do in this nuclear crisis, he has done. and it's pretty clear that he now has an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of over 4000 kilometres that he can probably put an atomic bomb, a much lesser bomb, but potentially with a yield of 20 kilotonnes, 20,000 tonnes of high explosive, to that missile and could fire it to the areas we have talked about — guam and possibly mainland usa. when it comes to the h—bomb test that allegedly happened today, from what i understand, although it was 6.3 on the richter scale, i gather seismologists have decreed thatis gather seismologists have decreed that is probably a yield of 100 kilotonnes, much bigger than the atomic weapons he has already tested, but way short of a hydrogen bomb, a thermonuclear device. so in some, i think he does not possess a viable hydrogen bomb that he could
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put on his current missiles. but we have so underestimated his capability thus far that if we don't do something soon, he will have that ultimate capability. that has raised the suggestion which was made by the republican senator lindsey graham in an interview with stephen sackur from the bbc‘s hardtalk programme this weekend that unless something changes, it is inevitable that the united states would have to consider a first strike. presumably, that option is one that nobody wants, but the range of options seems to be narrowing all the time, given that dialogue doesn't appear to have worked. sanctions don't appear to be effective, given that this country is relatively primitive economically doesn't have many trading partners, and china doesn't appear to be prepared to cut ties with north korea, not least because it is worried about the korean regime collapsing and the chaos that would
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follow. do you see any other options? i think you're right. kim jong—un has absolutely got to believe that there will be a us and coalition of the willing first strike, predominantly the permanent five, and i would like to see russia and china be far more demonstrative in this. of course, we want a diplomatic solution. but as you said, nothing else is having a great effect. sanctions are not necessarily going to have an impact, and unless he believes his nuclear capability is going to be taken out, we are going to continue down this line. and as i said previously, all the time we give him will allow him to develop terrifying h—bomb which he desires, and in h—bomb would flatten a city like london or mumbai 01’ flatten a city like london or mumbai or new york, whereas his current atomic capability would just flatten atomic capability would just flatten a few blocks. thanks very much for
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being with us. as i mentioned, senator lindsey graham thinks the us might have to make a first strike u nless might have to make a first strike unless something changes. this is what president trump had to say on the matter when he left church a couple of hours ago. mr resident, with the attack north korea? will see. so he leaves the option open. let me bring you some breaking news from the united nations, where the secretary antonio guterres has condemned north korea's nuclear test is profoundly destabilising for regional security. we expect a further meeting of the un security council as sooner such a meeting can be scheduled. let's ci’oss meeting can be scheduled. let's cross to washington and our correspondent richard lister. things are developing fast in terms of the
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us reaction. can you sum up what we have heard from washington in the last few hours? yes, we heard that clip of the president clearly keeping his options open. that is to be expected. he has been very bellicose in recent weeks and months about the prospect for north korea, should it pursue its nuclear weapons programme, that the united states could react with fire and fury, that american forces are locked and loaded. but realistically, the sense in washington at the moment is that there has to be more done short of military option before it comes to that point. so most of the rhetoric from washington today seems to be about enhancing sanctions, with some tough talk both from the treasury secretary and from president trump, both of whom say they are considering sanctions against any country that trades with north korea. that talk is clearly aimed at china, which is responsible for about 90% of north korea's
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international trade, washington making clear that it is thinking seriously about whether to put a trade embargo in place that would affect china and other nations that trade with north korea. the whole us china relationship is fascinating under this administration. this morning, to trump was talking about north korea embarrassing china and china not prove incapable of doing much about it. this is another kind of poking china with a stick, but also saying, we want that a corporation. is there much hope in washington that the chinese will respond positively to that kind of pressure? well, there is recognition in washington that china's view is that frankly, it would rather have a nuclear armed ally on that border than a failing state evolved into economic chaos, with the potential for millions of refugees pouring over the border into china, which is
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why china has resisted enforcing the kind of tough sanctions united states would like. it simply isn't in china's best interests. washington seems to be saying now, look, it is in your best interests, because if you decide not to enforce the toughest sanctions that might make some progress, you will find yourself having a difficult time trading with the us, which is one of china's biggest trading partners. trade between the two countries is worth $650 billion last year. that seems to be the choice that washington is putting before beijing. let me ask you about lindsey gra ham's intervention. beijing. let me ask you about lindsey graham's intervention. he is attending a summit in italy and stephen sackurfrom attending a summit in italy and stephen sackur from hardtalk was there yesterday, speaking to him. the interview goes out tomorrow on bbc news. mr graham had this rather controversial quote about saying it is tough, but if there were to be a first strike by the us, the people who would die would be in north korea, and therefore we don't feel
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the same as if we were contemplating something that might mean people dying in the united states. it is not a pleasant idea under any circumstances, but what he has said in response to having' it back at him is, don't this understanding, but if something doesn't change, it is inevitable that america will have to engage in a first military strike because north korea seems hell—bent on developing technology. is there a kind of drumbeat towards this in washington that you are detecting?” don't think there is a significant drumbeat, no more than there has been. there are plenty of people who, and this is particularly true of republicans in congress, who say, we cannot allow north korea to get to the stage where it has a fully functional intercontinental ballistic missile system with nuclear armed warheads which it is able to fire with impunity at cities
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across the us. they say at the moment, they are moving towards that, but is it better to risk a first strike against north korea now before we are fully confident that they have that capability, or is it better to wait until we know they definitely have that capability, perhaps in a year's time, at which point we are at greater risk? that is the calculation by many people like senator graham. at the moment, the calculation from the white house is that it is better to pursue other measures short of military action. but that calculation will certainly have to be refined the closer that north korea gets to developing a system which has the ability to fire on the united states with impunity. thanks. the headlines on bbc news: north korea's claim to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb draws international condemnation, with president trump threatening to cut trade to any country doing
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business with pyongyang. the brexit secretary, david davis, says the european commission is making itself look "silly" by claiming that little progress is being made in talks with britain. hospital chiefs warn that the nhs in england may suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout. the brexit secretary, david davis, says the european commission is making itself look "silly" by saying that talks with britain aren't making progress. the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, says he doesn't want to punish or blackmail the uk, but the british people need to understand the "extremely serious consequences" of leaving. all this as theresa may, later this week, faces a parliamentary battle with the first commons vote on brexit legislation. emma vardy reports. after three rounds of talks, the two sides still appear some way apart. there's disagreement over the size of the so—called
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and eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, said this week that no decisive progress had been made on key issues. today, a defiant david davis said the uk would not be pressured into paying more than its fair share. we are basically going through this very systematically, very british way, very pragmatic way of doing it, and of course he's finding it difficult and he wants to put pressure on us which is why the stance this week in the press conference. bluntly, i think it looked a bit silly because there plainly were that things we had achieved... meanwhile, michel barnier has said he does not want to punish or blackmail the uk, but that he will use the opportunity to teach british people and others what leaving the eu means. his remarks were made in an off—camera briefing in which he said there were extremely serious consequences to leaving the single market, and that it could never be better
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than being a member of the club. on thursday, mps will debate the withdrawal bill, which will convert thousands of eu regulations into british laws, but labour has said it will vote against the bill unless substantial changes are made, warning it could erode rights and freedoms that workers currently enjoy. i flagged these points up at the beginning of the summer and said if you don't address them, we will vote against it. i haven't reached that stage yet but i've been very clear — whilst we accept the result of the referendum, we are not giving a blank cheque to the government to do it in whatever way it wants, because it's not in the public interest. theresa may has appealed for unity. any potential rebellion from just a handful of tory mps could derail it. there is a crucial week for brexit ahead, marked by division in westminster, and in brussels. emma vardy, bbc news. hospital managers in england have called for an emergency financial bail—out, saying they are bracing themselves for the worst winter in recent years. nhs providers — which represents the vast majority of health trusts —
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says at least £200 million of extra funding is needed to pay for more staff and beds. but the department of health says the nhs is better prepared for winter this year than ever before, as angus crawford reports. winter puts hospitals under pressure. each year, there is an increase in demand, more patients needing a wider range of treatments in an already stretched service. after serious problems last winter, there's been intensive planning to deal with this one. but nhs providers, representing 90% of nhs trusts, says more money is needed or this year may be worse than last. current performance in a&e departments at the moment is no better than it was last year despite huge amounts of effort being put in to improve the performance. it's staying stubbornly stuck, quite a long way below the official target, and we know therefore
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that there is a real risk that patient safety could be put at even greater risk this coming winter than it was last winter. the organisation says the service needs £200—£350 million extra, now. nhs england rejects the criticism and in a statement says: the government has put a billion more into social care funding to free up beds and 100 million to relieve the pressure on a&e. but will all this be enough? over the coming months, patients will find out. angus crawford, bbc news. the united nations refugee agency says 73,000 have now fled to bangladesh from myanmar since the army there began a campaign against militants less than two weeks ago. more are fleeing all the time. sanjoy majumder is at the border.
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it's now a massive influx, the sheer numbers of rohingya refugees coming into bangladesh from myanmar. the border is just a short distance that way. they are coming from every direction, men, women, children. some very young and some incredibly old and finding it difficult to walk. earlier today, we saw plumes of smoke from inside rakhine state, myanmar‘s rakhine state, presumably villages that were burning there. refugees we have spoken to have come with dramatic testimony of how they were allegedly driven out of their homes. some have seen people killed at close range. they are all heading now towards one of several temporary refugee camps which have set up on this side, but already, these camps are teeming with people and agencies are really concerned about the sheer numbers of people they have to take care of, with supplies
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running incredibly low. four people are in hospital today after a car smashed into a house in york this morning. a man who was sitting on a sofa in the living room suffered leg injuries when the vw golf caught fire. his wife and child we re golf caught fire. his wife and child were not hurt. the white vw golf, still embedded in the front room of the family home in clifton moor. the force of the impactand clifton moor. the force of the impact and the fire that followed blew out windows at the front of the house. a man who was in the room when the car hitjust after one o'clock this morning was seriously injured and taken to hospital. his injuries are not thought to be life—threatening. this is usually a quiet, residentialarea. life—threatening. this is usually a quiet, residential area. neighbours in the houses close to the crash we re in the houses close to the crash were too distressed to talk. 0thers we re were too distressed to talk. 0thers were woken by the commission. were too distressed to talk. 0thers were woken by the commissionm were too distressed to talk. 0thers were woken by the commission. it was very frightening. we were all pretty shaken up by it. luckily, no one
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lost their life. i was woken by a screech, a big bang and a woman screaming, call the police. this is the second incident i have seen in this area. the road back there is bent a bit. a man in his twenties, thought to have been driving the car, has minor injuries and has been arrested. two passengers in the vehicle needed medical attention. north yorkshire police want to hear from anybody who may have witnessed the accident or seen the car driving around the clifton moor area in the early hours. walter becker, who was co—founded the us band steely dan, has died at the age of 67. # are you reelin' in the years? becker was guitarist for the jazz—rock group, which sold more than 40m albums. in its heyday in the 1970s, it had a number of hits including "reelin‘ in the years, "do it again," and "rikki don't lose that number".
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the co—founder of that band released this statement after the news was announced. it says, walter was my friend and band—mate. well, a little earlier i spoke to the broadcaster, paul gambaccini. i asked him about his memories of the band members from steely dan, donald fagan, and of course, walter becker. i met them during the time period, and they were two ordinary guys from new york, as you say, from bard, and they looked to make music and theyjust did it. they did new albums in six consecutive years. that's why they have such a great catalogue from a short period of being together. you mention some of the songs. walter was so talented that he did something that you don't even know, even though you know the piece, and that is, which annie nightingale used to use
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as a signature song on radio 1, he is singing what sounds like a horn solo, but it's actually his vocal, treated through a synthesiser box. they were both men of music. as donald said, unfortunately, habits got the best of him at the end of the 1970s, but what a great catalogue of material. six albums, some of them in the rock and roll hall of fame and the grammy hall of fame, and immortal tunes. what sort of performer was he? quiet. i don't say that in any kind of derogatory way. he was not interested in personality projection, and he had no image. people familiar with the band will know him as the one with the specs and the beard. but he didn't want to give controversial interviews, he just wanted to make those records. an album a year for six years and then unfortunately, the drugs came out on top.
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but they got together again in 2000 and won the album of the year grammy for two against nature, so that showed that his talent had not gone away. let's pause and hear a bit of that talent. this is one of his solos, played in 2006. it was a live concert in north carolina. walter becker there, proving that whatever personal horrors and troubles he had gone
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through in the ‘80s, he hadn't lost his touch as a guitarist. paul, what was the range in terms of the style of music? well, you just played a piece that shows a lot ofjazz influence. we mentioned the cover of duke ellington. these were two college boys who had great interest in african—american music, in the jazz field and the blues field. but they were also very literate. they were bright. they met at university, after all, and those lyrics they wrote are full of clever turns of phrase and wordplay. paul gambaccini on walter becker, who has died at the age of 67. walter was the co—founder of steely dan. now to steely darren at the weather map. the best of the weather today was probably in the north—east of scotland. it stayed dry across eastern areas of england, but this rain and drizzle
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is moving slowly eastwards. at the same time, it is becoming light and patchy, but we will be left with a lot of low cloud, hence all that fog around the hills and perhaps over some coasts as well, but a warm night. grey, misty and murky to begin with. still a bit of drizzle around. in the north—west, we will see rain coming into northern ireland and scotland. a few showers for england and wales, but it will brighten up through england. even with the cloud around, warm and muggy air. with a burst of sunshine, 22 is not out of the question. some rain overnight, and the heaviest of that will move away from northern england into the north sea on tuesday morning. still some rain towards the south—east, but elsewhere it turns cooler and fresher, with some sunshine and just a few showers. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines and just coming up to 630. there has been international condemnation of north korea's claim
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to have conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet. it says it has a hydrogen bomb which could be loaded onto long—range missile. president trump is due to meet his national security team to assess the situation and has treated he is considering stopping all trade with any country considering doing business with north korea. david davis has accused the eu of making itself look silly by insisting negotiations are not making progress and dismissed reports the uk is preparing to pay a £50 billion divorce bill. hospital bosses have warned that the nhs in england may suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout. # are you reeling in the years, stowing away the time... #. walter becker, who co—founded the us band steely dan, has died aged 67. he was the lead guitarist with the group which he formed with his
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friend donald fagan when they were in their early 20s. those other headlines, it is time for sportsday. welcome to sportsday. all change at the


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