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tv   France 24  LINKTV  September 4, 2017 5:30am-6:01am PDT

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♪ host: welcome to live from paris. here are the top stories. the big story of the day is south korea saying it detected fresh signs the north is repairing get another missile launch. this after pr growing -- the pyongyang claimed another bomb test of the weekend. going live to our correspondents in beijing and moscow for the latest reactions. you and investigators have accused a release government of
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crimes against humanity, including executions and torture. they are urging the international criminal court to open a case as soon as possible. ♪ host: let's go to our top story and the un security council said to hold an emergency meeting in the coming hours. south korea says it detected signs that north korea is preparing another missile launch. pyongyang's detonation of its six nuclear bomb over the weekend prompted the trump administration to warn even a threat to use a weapon against the u.s. and its allies would be met with a massive military response. simon harding is the latest. reporter: more missile launches. that is what south korea's defense minister predicted on
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monday, just a day after north korea reportedly detonated its largest nuclear warhead to date. >> we predict north korea could fire and intercontinental ballistic missile to show they have obtained the means of delivering a nuclear bomb to the united states. reporter: in the aftermath of the test, the u.s. senate any threat on them or their allies would be met with an overwhelming military response. the reaction which was immediately slammed as unacceptable by china, even of aging did launch an official complaint with pyongyang over the test. china has stressed many times the military force is not an option to solve the korean peninsula issue. many countries also stressed in their statements or speeches a feasible resolution on the peninsula issue is the only correct way out. we agree with that. urgeder: russia has also
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parties to continue seeking diplomatic solutions to the crisis, but did sentiment to reassess the military balance in the region after the u.s. and south korea deployed more thaad anti-missile launchers. the north reports should be treated with caution, unconcerned instantly or capability was growing. in light of these most recent threats military officials in the south setting up carried out that simulated a test on a north korean nuclear test site. host: for more on this crisis i enjoyed by our correspondents thomas lowe from moscow and brian in beijing. thomas, moscow has condemned north korea's latest detonation of a nuclear bomb. they are making it clear they are certainly not impressed. they are making it clear from the very top that they
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condemn this nuclear test in a conversation with the japanese pm. shinzo abe. that has been made quite clear. he said politics and diplomacy are the only option here. there isfor any kind of military intervention or threats of that kind from the side of the u.s. his spokesperson has made it clear russia considers sanctions, any possible sanctions against north korea as perhaps not something that would be productive. he said what we have seen from sanctions in the past brought in by the u.n., was russia and china both are in favor for in july, they had not had any positive effects. thatd say in the future russia will take full part in discussions in an international
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framework on this crisis in north korea. beijing, all eyes are on china now. do atan beijing actually this point? brian: well, like with russia, they said china is opposed to this. they launched a stern diplomatic protest with the north korean embassy. they declared it would be unfair given that china has worked hard and had its interest jeopardized. talks opposite, it said between the u.s. and north korea. it will probably want more of those and may well propose a dual suspension of south korean military exercises and any further tests. analysts say, like much of the
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world, china does not have any good options. be available. textile workers in china would provide needed cash. cutting off oil is another respite as well. any action before next party congress is very unlikely. this is the main event of the whole year for president xi jinping and they needed to go smoothly and i do anything to jeopardize that. host: thomas and moscow, you just said the russians think diplomacy is the way to try and solve this problem. have they given some clear or distinct ideas as to what or how that should be done? thing beingonly made public is it should be diplomacy, not there any kind of
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military intervention. considers north korea's public -- not necessarily the test itself, but understands north korea's's relatively weak state to protect itself and project a sense of force. there is a possibility, and we are gearing from commentators and foreign policy circles, then i look to recognize dr. rio as a de facto nuclear state -- north korea as a de facto nuclear state as it has with india and pakistan. they would have to be sent north korea does have a nuclear arsenal, but prevent it from getting larger or proliferation. parts of what russia sees here is not north korea as the main problem, but as the u.s. as the main the stabilizer. we heard that reports as before
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with what russia and china think about the thaad missile-defense system partially deployed in south korea, and the remainder of the missile systems which make of this missile system are going to be put in place temporarily. that is something which russia has reacted to very strongly just a couple of hours ago, saying in the future it may have to consider measures to counter balance that. you can understand what that might mean moving military clinic closer towards north korea to try to balance as it sees a kind of u.s. progression towards russia that could threaten its independence. host: brian in beijing, the bottom line is that the chinese certainly don't want a collapse of the regime in north korea because they fear it would have thousands, hundreds of thousands of refugees on their southern border. brian: that is exactly right.
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they fear pushing too hard with the two are regime collapse. not only hundreds of thousands but perhaps even millions. not only that, if there was a collapse of the regime, likely south korean and u.s. troops would come in to secure the country, thus leading to u.s. troops in north korea and maybe even on china's borders. china does actually share russia's concern that sanctions may not work, as we just heard from our correspondent in moscow. they have not been especially effective so far and a lot of analysts here are gloomy about the prospects for the working further. in particular, the most effective one would be oil. that appears to be the most risky in terms of the regime's collapse. there is another idea. he may bests say holding on to the nuclear weapons in order to stay in power. looking at what happened to saddam hussein and iraq and the
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market off the nvidia -- muammar gaddafi in libya, at the hands of western forces. some have opposed the idea of china and russia offering security umbrella in exchange for nuclear weapons. there is no indication any of the parties would accept this, but it may be a way out. host: thomas, russia and north korea do have close historical ties. is that the case that pyongyang is capable of listening to the russians at this point in time? appear thedoes russian influence over pyongyang's settling increasing. but we have seen over the last year are a number of high-ranking north korean officials who have come on visits to moscow. that does suggest an increasin influence politicallyg --
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increasing influence politically. the second aspect and perhaps the most visible aspect of these links between russia and north korea is commerce. the large part of trade from the north korean side, of russian trade is also significant. they have a railway line which crosses between their only land border, 11 kilometers wide in the east of the country. across that on 1.5 million tons of different resources each year. there was a spike in trade at the start of this year between the two countries. there is also something like 40,000 north koreans working in russia, many working in camp's. many of those are in siberia. veterans the north korean government foreign currency it desperately needs, particularly
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in this environment of sanctions and possible increasing sanctions in the future. host: i want to thank my inrespondence, thomas lowe moscow and brian in beijing. washington has not wasted words when it came to north korea. they made it clear pyongyang will face a massive military response. take a listen to what general mattis had to say earlier. mattis: any threat to the united states or our allies will be no with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. kim jong-un should take heed of united nations security council's unified voice because we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely north korea. as i said, we have many options to do so. host: with more on how the trump administration has been
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responding to this escalating tensions, i'm joined by international affairs commentator doug herbert. doug, when you see the secretary of defense warning of a massive military response if north korea merely just threatens the u.s., is it just bluster or is it a statement of true intent? doug: it is bluster in the sense people inevelheaded the trump administration are well aware the nuclear option military option is not an option. if you were to launch any sort of missile, as donald trump said earlier last month, that the military options were locked and loaded, if you were to proceed with those options short of nuclear incubating conventional weapons being raining down on seoul, the most heavily militarized zone in the world. secondly did mass destruction of one of the most densely populated civilian areas around.
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the fact of the matter is donald trump in many of his policies, geopolitically and domestically, operates in bluster mode. the problem with north korea is he can't execute on his words. last january he went on twitter, and when faced with the north korean threat the launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, a nuclear tipped at the united states, he tweeted what would happen. you remember the famous tweet about fire and fury. very tough words. donald trump is good at that. he does not like to be made to look like he is backing down or criticized. he goes full throttle against whoever is that whoever he sees as attacking him. he had a more subdued response since then. his response to the weekend test was subdued when he said it was a very dangerous and hostile north korean action. when he was walking out of the
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church yesterday, reporters asked if he would attack north korea? he said, we will see. that suggests his gut instinct is to go on the offensive, rhetorically, verbally, and to be externally tough. he's up against the situation and the first major geopolitical crisis of his young presidency and he doesn't quite know how to put his words and action, how to execute on that and he knows he is in a bind here. host: it is interesting because the idea is to rattle his opponents. the reality is those comments are doing quite the opposite. they are rattling the u.s. allies. the worry is it will undermine any diplomatic attempt to resolve this crisis. >> absolutely. and a sense he is diplomatically shooting himself in the foot. which has been a steadfast asia-pacific ally from united dates, donald trump at this same moment he is going on the attack verbally against
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north korea and trying to ratchet up the war of rhetoric, he is threatening he will a lot of the free-trade accord with south korea. obviously putting south korea in a bind. you don't want to turn your back on a needed ally at a time like this. china is not exactly a u.s. ally, but if you're looking at economic trade terms, yes, the u.s. is extremely dependent. it is the largest trading partner of the united states. and suggests as he has, donald trump, he will cut off trade with any nation that does business with north korea. that drags china into it. how does that work? for the u.s. realistically cut off trade with china? most experts say it is not an option. yes, donald trump is in his words and off-the-cuff remarks undermining the very policy he is trying to be promoting at this point through twitter.
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the fact of the matter is the administration, one donald trump says we will see, it is because the administration is trying to figure out what his next move should be against a very determined north korean leader. host: doug herbert, think he so much. a reminder of the other big stories of the day. accused thes burundi government of crimes against humanity. they are asking the criminal courts to open a case as soon as possible. with three weeks to go before the german elections, polls are showing chancellor angela merkel is ahead after she and her social democratic rival took part in a televised debate. that they clean up is getting underway in the city of houston. hurricane harvey said overtake katrina as the most expensive storm to ever hit the u.s. ♪
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time for a business update. joining me is brian quine. north korea and its most recent unsurprisinglynd there has been a lot of reaction in the markets. brian: asian markets definitely rattled. major hit on indexes earlier. also trading in the red on monday. in paris, down 3/10 of 1%. frankfurt data run for tenths. invest -- down around four tenths. gold at an 11 month high with japanese yen and sovereign bonds also gaining. testswith these nuclear coming out in an opportune time, for the world's economic conferences. brian: the bricks business forum in china. leaders from five major developing nations, brazil,
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russia, india, china, and south africa charting a course for their second decade. chinese president xi jinping and vladimir putin agreed to appropriately deal with north korea. the nuclear test is seen as a sharp provocation to china. that is of the only challenge facing the summit. several nations facing slumping economies as commodity prices fall. economic rivalry and border disputes between china and india have been heated. ansident xi maintained ambitious outlook. >> we must move the international economic order and a more just and reasonable direction. however closer ties with the rest of the world the man's hour i've countries to play a bigger role in the global governance. without our participation many pressing global challenges cannot be effectively dealt with. host: monday being labor day in the u.s., and the u.s. leverage
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the history and conservation of labor movements. the outlook for working people somewhat complicated under president trump. brian: he has regularly presented himself as a champion of the american worker, from protectionist policies aimed at bringing back working last jobs to the u.s. america's unappointed rate is near historic lows, wage growth is stagnant and worker protections are being rolled back. ♪ reporter: a day to celebrate all americans who make our nation great. the u.s. department of labor announced this year's labor day was a trumpian slogan that reflected his campaign promise to protect american workers. since president trump took office, on appointment has continued to drop, hitting a 16-year low at 4.3% before slowly rising to its current level. despite steady hiring, wage growth remains sluggish at just 2.5% per year.
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although presented himself as a champion of the american worker class since taking office, he has rolled back regulations intended to protect workers. and april he revoked the fair pay and safe workplace order. created to ensure federal contractors abide by labor laws, in highlighted the need for paycheck transparency and made it easier for employees to file claims for sexual assault. the president's advisor ivanka trump said he ordered that you'll be intended results. the trump administration's health care proposals would also affect working women. and employers would no longer need to provide insurance plans with birth-control coverage. after courting unions during his presidential campaign, donald trump is now cutting funds to the body that ensures their rights. and seeking pro-business nominees to fill seats in labor related federal institutions. host: that is it for the business update. thank you for that, brian.
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it is time for the press review. ♪ host: time to take a look at what is being making headlines in both the french and international press. joining me in the city of is hexi. today is a very important day in the french calendar? >> back to school. different to return from the seemingly endless weeks in the sun and the academic year has started up once again. today's papers are very interested. what iffront page asks, we decided to copy other countries? we read the french education system comes just 27th in global education rankings. france is beginning to look outside its borders for much-needed inspiration. model as an example.
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avoidre ranked 4 to 10 to demoralizing students. france getting a 40 out of that is pretty impressive. low marks here are very much the norm. that can be set to change as they take finland's q. cue. host: north korea's test explosion of another atomic bomb and its most powerful yet. >> british online papers are leading with the headlines, north korea h-bomb since shockwaves around the world. against a picture of the north korean leader and what appears to be a nuclear warhead. french papers have also opted for a pic of kim jong-un during the military pariah. "a ticking time bomb." the country's latest nuclear test appears to submit the north
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position as a global nuclear power. the question the paper asks, what is trump going to do? the center-right paper is focusing on the pentagon's warning of a massive military response in conjunction with his threat to sever trade ties with china and south korea if they do not do more to rein in pyongyang. host: you have been taking a look at the korean press' reaction to this test? >> one mass circulation paper is seeing this atomic test at the last straw. is leading the charge in calling to acquire its own nuclear weapons, something now seen as necessary as the relationship with washington is on the rocks. that sense of uncertainty is echoed across the pages of the korean press today. this letter in the korea times is written by a teacher who was
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digging beneath which he describes as people's insistence on maintaining a sense of calm in the face of the threat. she says she is thinking about what she would do in the case of an attack. she says she has identified the shelter nearest to her home. she is stocked up on emergency items like a radio, blankets, food and water for a month. she also mentions a friend of hers told her a poignant story. she has planned to sit down with her husband with a nice bottle of wine if they believe that just a few minutes to live. host: that is rather depressing. coverage youh found an editorial that has some similarities between kim jong-un and donald trump. in the like this take left-wing daily. theory."an
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president nixon's. is that a leader intentionally acts irrationally to convince adversaries they are unpredictable. here we read kim jong-un and donald trump are both behaving extremely impossibly -- impulsively. they have their fingers on the button and are fans of incendiary rhetoric. we read neither of them is actually subscribing to the madman theory in which appearing mad is merely a tactic. they both actually are mad. that is what makes them both so dangerous according to this editorial. it's a great editorial -- a cartoon that illustrates the idea pretty well. kim jong-un, cowboy hat in hand, astride a rocket. in the background you can see trump. and away it is a sort of a mosh to american culture. host: moving on to something a little less troubling but perhaps just as important. that is of course football, or
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soccer for those of us in the southern hemisphere will call it. a disappointment for the french national team last night. >> to put it lightly.
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