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president says it's very possible the north korea crisis can't be solved peacefully casting doubt on talks between north and south despite the two reaching a breakthrough soft power deal and compete under one flag at the upcoming winter olympics. the news the u.n. agency for palestinian refugees slams america's this is into slash funding for the organization they've dubbed the worst crisis in the organization. and also took up . the russian aegis in this parliament right now. throughout europe this seems to read over again it is all about russia in the
european parliament with members clashing over threats and fake news allegedly coming from moscow. thanks for joining us you're watching. said that there's a possibility the north korean crisis won't be resolved peacefully u.s. president claims that's because having dialogue with pyongyang is next to impossible i can speak now to r.t. course particularly more on the line from the united states donald trump has reverted back to his usual rhetoric then when it comes to pyongyang. yes if you look at this interview with reuters donald trump is at his typical rhetoric against north korea and this time he seems to be saying that pressure is
the only way forward because it seems like dialogue is impossible this is donald trump i'm not sure the talks will lead to anything meaningful these talks for twenty five years and they've taken advantage of our presidents of our previous presidents now if you listen to trump's words you would think that the dialogue currently taking place between north and south korea just simply doesn't matter now at the very moment that trump gave this interview at the same time there are meetings going on between north and south korea and they've actually been some major breakthroughs that have been made let's take a listen to what's actually going on. too. much together in the opening ceremony under the korean. female ice hockey team. now that seems quite meaningful if you look at what's happening but according to donald trump it is the opposite now in the interview donald trump praised china but
said that they could be doing more to help the effort to isolate the country economically he also was very critical of russia and said that russia wasn't helping at all and his interview was pretty clear in saying that he thought the correct approach and the efforts by the united states to threaten to put pressure on north korea with sanctions he thought that was the best way forward to bring peace to the korean peninsula and anything so corresponding kaleb mopin with the latest. and i'm joined now on the line by brian baca he's c. national director of the answer coalition good to have you on brian. it's it's not the best sign we've had some good news today about you know improvements in relations with regards to korean i was at the u.s. president saying that a peaceful solution might not be possible is he right. yes of course because the us is constantly menacing north korea constantly threatening north korea carrying out war exercises that simulate the destruction of north korea
a country that was destroyed by the united states between one thousand nine hundred fifty three forty five million koreans died there wasn't one structure taller than one story still standing as a consequence of u.s. bombers in the main complaint of american pilots was there was nothing left to bomb in that war so what the u.s. annihilated north korea here we have donald trump saying he's promising to do the same from the from the podium of the u.n. just a couple months ago and now trump reflecting i think not just as own personal position but that of the military industrial complex in america fears that peace may be breaking out in the korean peninsula between the two koreans between the two koreas and of course south korea has limited sovereignty because u.s. troops thirty thousand of them are still there so we see an unprecedented break away from the south korean government trying to assert sovereignty and say to this to the northern people to the people their brothers and sisters in the north let's have peace let's have negotiations let's have a joint team that's alarming to trump into the military industrial complex but very
welcomed by all the people in the world i'm just wondering what is the next move for north korea if you've got the u.s. saying look north korea you need to take a more sort of gentle approach to your relations with the rest of the world and they have this seemingly positive gesture by unifying for an olympic team with south korea and they're still getting this aggressive rhetoric what do do they. right the united states doesn't want north korea to be reaching out and speaking in a way that would build peace and promote unity between the two koreas because as the new york times on the other corporate owned mainstream media in the united states they fear that talks between the north in the south between koreans would drive a wedge as it's described between the united states and south korea the united states sees in south korea and especially in the south korean military a colonial outpost an extension of american military power in this strategic area
of the world is not just about korea it's also about china it's about russia it's about the entire region. the korean people don't want war they aren't enough they don't want to beach pawns and somebody else is geostrategic chess board and so they're making their own moves towards peace what can or is korea do north korea's been consistent they say they want they want to guarantee of their security and peace and that would be the premise the basis for new negotiations to bring the tension level down in the korean peninsula that can happen that's achievable donald trump is criticize china and russia for not in his opinion putting enough pressure on north korea is there any evidence though to suggest that those kind of tactics have actually been effective in the past. well you know what donald trump is doing he's borrowing a page from the clinton administration and george w. bush when they apply really what i would amount to call genocidal types saying sions on iraq you know you had a situation where eight thousand iraqis were dying every month according to the
u.n. from the absence of food and medicine that's what donald trump wants china and russia to agree to today they want to starve the korean people in the north they want to deprive them of medicine they want to deprive them of that which is necessary for civilian life as if then the north korean government will say great will give up our nuclear weapons i mean the north korean government would do just the opposite it's an irrational approach it won't work it's a catastrophe and i think the people of the of the region and people in korea and hopefully russia and china will reject it to what extent can north and south korea find a sort of a middle ground and find peace between themselves on the road and to what extent they need outside assistance well they don't need any assistance in fact north korea doesn't have to look and see whether a foreign power approves of its negotiating stance with south korea it's a sovereign country it has no foreign troops on its soil unfortunately south korea
has foreign troops on its soil and it has less a kind of restricted sovereignty so it must always be looking over its shoulder to see does washington approve that's not right so the people in south korea should be self determining they should be the masters of their own destiny and if they can be if they're left alone by washington i believe they will find a path for the peaceful reunification of the korean peninsula korea has existed as a unitary country and culture for five thousand years the division needs to come to an end brian appreciate you coming on brian becker is my guest he's the national director of the antiwar soko relations. so now in the meantime western allies of the nine hundred fifty s. korean war have gathered in canada there for talks on the current crisis but with a seemingly different approach the pressure campaign will continue until north korea takes decisive steps to do nuclear i think. is to send out
a very clear message that we want to intensify that pressure it is not the time to ease pressure or to revert career the surest path to peace is to keep threatening north korea into submission after a long and challenging meeting that's the best the value of a group could come up with the purpose of our meetings today is to improve the effectiveness of the maximum pressure campaign and combat north korea's attempts to evade sanctions the united states looks forward to hearing from our protest votes on how we can best do that more sanctions toughest sanctions though one might wonder what there is less of north korea to sanction or why they would work now when they haven't for seventy years a few of the participants also proposed ripping up all diplomatic relations with the north that's to work and defuse things re-inforcing autonomous majors when
where available. discord to include cutting off diplomatic ties to his north korea solid meeting of north korea's former enemies literally almost all of these countries were participants off the korean war on the side of south korea states such as luxembourg colombia greece belgium difficult to imagine what relevance they have to the korean crisis these days but there you go noticeably absent with two countries that are actually relevant to the crisis apart from north korea itself the two countries that actually share a border with the north china and russia. closer to nuclear russia and china were not invited to this meeting so they just said the meeting will take place on the sixteenth of january you can come in the evening we will tell you what we have agreed on this was unacceptable what the state department said about russia supporting this meeting that's
a complete lie we consider this meeting harmful to. the most important parties involved in the korean peninsula nuclear issue you are taking part in the meeting but we don't know what the goal of this meeting is so i don't think this meeting is legal or representative from the very beginning china has been opposed to this meeting ok so you invited a bunch of countries that have little to do with the crisis and came up with all the tried tested and failed solutions they went a step further refusing any advice russia and china have long stood by a double freeze meaning north korea stops doing this. and south korea and the united states stop sending nuclear bombers to harass the north and poor's with the war games.
no said rex tillerson when the north does it it's a provocation when we do it it's deterrents have a jew away but couldn't you wait i. at long last after years north korea and south korea holding direct face to face negotiations the olympics around the corner and everyone with any sense once things settle down so what does the vancouver group do while it gathers all of north korea's former enemies and declares it intends to tighten the noose around kim jong un's neck how's that for a path to peace. the u.n. agency for palestinian refugees has slammed america's decision to freeze more than half of its planned funding for the organization the agency's called it the worst
funding crisis and its history white house spokesperson announced the decision earlier we committed a voluntary contribution of sixteen million dollars for twenty eight thousand so far sixty five million dollars that is money that will be held for future consideration it's money that's been frozen at this time it's not being canceled it's just being held for future consideration this is not aimed at punishing anyone . well the move sparked massive protests in gaza with many venting their anger at the united states decision you can see people holding up banners and chanting slogans they're demanding also further assistance for refugees. i'm disgusted and i love the world europe the arabs and everyone who has a connection to the palestinian course is responsible for this we are the palestinian people who were evicted from our homes towns and c.d.'s we have a right to the support of the u.n. r.w. which provides a minimum of assistance to the palestinian people are that what is now provided is
not enough for a family to leave on for a month of these middle east correspondent paula slip takes a closer look now at how the decision by a actually affects refugees. well we have heard from the united nations relief and works agency that this american money freeze will result in a dramatic reduction on the lives of palestinians this is a humanitarian and relief agency that supports some five point nine million registered palestinians and their descendants who flare the were expelled from israel during the one nine hundred forty eight and nine hundred sixty seven wards they currently reside in the palestinian territories in gaza in east jerusalem as well as in jordan syria and lebanon and this is why there is some concern being expressed that particularly in those host countries this decision by the american president donald trump could result in any instability now this is a huge blow to one world because the united states is the single largest donor and
it follows course from the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to have the agency close down altogether. view an r w a is an organization. the right to return for palestinian refugees narrative in order to eliminate the state of israel therefore the un r.w. must become a thing of the past now for nearly seventy years only right has been a lifeline to the palestinians who say that without it basic access to services like education health care sanitation would simply vanish and leave hundreds of thousands of children to even move on but then they are today there is also concern about his latest move undermines the ability of the united nations to respond in the future if and when there is a flare up of violence. a
little earlier on i spoke to dr mustafa barghouti general secretary of the palestinian national initiative now he says the decision will hurt palestinian refugees who are scattered across the middle east these are now more than five million or six million refugees that will be punished for being good a few g.'s be would be deprived from the schools would do the proud to medical care to people in deprived from shelters to people with disabilities this is a very serious a blog to the. very important engine see that is providing the humanitarian is to palestinian refugees in syria in lebanon and jordan and in palestine itself back
in june the us ambassador to the un nikki haley tweeted a picture of a self posing with palestinian refugees at the camp in a post she explained how she managed to speak with them about their hopes and their dreams two weeks ago she changed her tune calling future funding of the refugee agency into question. i think the president has basically said that he doesn't want to give any additional funding arced start fining until the palestinians are agreeing to come back to the negotiation table and what we started to resolution was not helpful to the situation we're trying to move for a peace process but if that doesn't happen the president is not going to continue to find that situation this american action is directed eliminating that outs of the palestinian defuses a typical gloom or to just sort of. being punished because we're not coming to the table of negotiations is totally and couldn't mr president that i can offer the negotiations those who view it as
a limb now is ticking off the issue of if he has dickon of the issue of settlements so is the bill is the empty why would. a surrender to him and this will never happen. members of the european parliament had a busy day discussing russia supposed threats coming from moscow peter oliver has more now what we did see is this polarizing m.-e. piece on one side the group that said that russia was the root of all fake news and lies they were trying to drum up support and extra cash for the east struck com task force now that's the e.u. body that tries to look into an expose what it sees as fake news r.t. and sputnik featured very heavy in some of the rhetoric coming from these enemy piece they're focused firmly on the fact that every vote in europe was
potentially the target of a us that the russian plot and there are russian agents in this very own parliaments right now and they're already trying to actively influence our elections russia to come to other channels are dangerous it's quite interesting. that the communists and the extremists nationalists in this chamber very can see russia and us information. and of course your carbs but we can see you are also voices pointed back towards those same any piece you just heard from saying that they were just looking for a bogeyman a scapegoat for their own political failings and that russia fitted that skate go perfectly we need to be careful when using phrases like fake means i'm not trying to defend the russian regime by that i'm just rather skeptical of references to interference in the us and european elections there is no evidence of such interference. siskind lies and lies and lies are being told throughout europe
and we hear this seems torie over and over again. should you say that the russian media spreads false figures and facts to us when have russians provided false facts when i followed events in libya afghanistan iraq and syria and in all instances i've seen the transatlantic lies the media have been reporting published the findings of following from this debate on whether there needs to be more financing for the east struck com passports in the spring and keeping an eye on not expect to see this debate over fake news not going anywhere anytime soon pro independence supporters have held a mass rally in catalonia they're celebrating the first session of the newly elected regional parliament which has a separatist majority. massive rallies have been a common sight since catalonia his vote for independence was declared illegal by
a. number of pro independence politicians jailed while former catalan leader i was pushed amar went into exile in belgium let me know of expressed hope he'll return to power. we expect that from here today man can be proclaimed president the best option when we that he swears in as president and because what people have chosen it and then he comes back to catalonia as an elected president. there is a way that he can be elected and street in brussels you know what is best for the country's disobey the spanish more likely to make the catalan republic go forward there is a whole country behind him a social majority and once the catalan republic we don't have anything to do with the spanish more emotionally mentally speaking and we want to make the republic go forward. as the first session of parliament the question of the election of the returned president remained open. plain that he could run the
region via skype or through special representative while the session lasted the sense of those parliamentarians who were absent due to imprisonment or exile were marked by yellow ribbons the symbol of the independence movement now apart from pro independence activists anti break wave movements have been gaining popularity as well meant to bania this is a fictional land inside catalonia which includes the barcelona and try to go to regions the activist who came up with the concept want the region to split from council only enjoying spain and here is there recently. it was better than what it is that i can i mean we went from being one of the main drivers of the spanish economy to a mediocre autonomy at the exit of more than three thousand companies was followed by encouraging the civil population to disobey the constitutional order to get a republic that lasted eight seconds and without any international support.
russia's investigative committee is claiming new evidence refutes allegations of state sponsored sample swapping at the sochi olympics he's done hawkins has more. well this is the result of a low inquiry by russia's investigative committee going all the way back to last year with regards to that doping scandal they've looked into some new details of course of google rights in coffs account before head of moscow's anti doping approach really for now whistleblower and fugitive in the united states into some of the technical details in his allegations namely how allegedly these samples were transported and tampered with they found out that these samples were transported to the social abode three under strict conditions of supervision and then processed during daytime periods of between thirty minutes and two hours so a very rapid turnaround that of course contradicts the counts which was quite different. these people coming from the fire and here.
i was in the booth. of their claiming that this alleged operation took place in the dead of night it was of course his claims that resulted in this scandal which resulted in the banning of many russian athletes blanket ban and subsequently on the team. himself of course is a controversial enough figure as we've said he's the former head of moscow's and he brought three he is wanted there in russia on drug trafficking charges on selling a moving dangerous and illegal substances we understand he's now under a witness protection program in the united states nevertheless despite these charges it was his evidence his allegations that led to the mclaren report subsequently used as a basis for this banning blanket banning of russian athletes international olympic events just last month we learned that are you see decided to impose a ban on the blanket ban on russian athletes at the south korean winter olympic
games making them participate under neutral flag not under russian flag not playing the russian anthem. so this result really puts into question. any of rocher allegations raises more questions that alters but certainly a very interesting turn to this story will be very interesting to see to follow it and see where it goes after this. activist supporting the recent movement against sexual misconduct taking aim at their peers alters actors and other public figures who dared to doubt the direction in which the so called me to campaign is heading face a furious backlash has the latest examples i feel like every time you turn around another me to headline has hit the press with new accusations from directors to actors to fashion photographers but it seems we've reached a turning point as renowned feminists are concerned that the campaign is becoming a witch hunt take margaret atwood author of a handmaid's tale and acclaimed work
attacking mythologising who says she's starting to doubt the movement this structure guilty because accused has applied to many more episodes in human history than salem my fundamental position is that women are human beings the full range of sente and demonic behaviors does entails including criminal ones they're not in keeping all of wrongdoing the backlash she's received online and in the media has been ruthless strange how someone so brilliant can demonstrate so little insight and self reflection i guess privilege is blinding which margaret and i would get back to reading dystopian future but i'm a surgeon ist world instead of you know actively creating it. i mean seventy eight year olds on exactly knowing for progressive takes congolese a right the first female african-american secretary of state also says me too maybe changing perceptions of women and not for the better i do think we have to be a little bit careful let's not turn women into snowflakes let's not
infantilize women over in france one hundred influential female artists are being led by actress catherine deneuve and signing an open campaign letter against me to rape is a crime but in system comes the floor is not a crime nor is gallantry ocean of an ist aggression now this liberation of speech has been turned on its head but the reaction to that was furious and another was forced to issue a hasty apology a few prominent men have also voiced their reservations one of them was actor liam neeson there is a bit of a witch hunt targeting famous people may accused of. touching some girls in the forest something suddenly they're being dropped from their prove around or something unsurprisingly nice and common have also been less than well received by many the problem here seems to be that there's often a if you aren't with us you're against us mentality with movements such as me to
those who are speaking out about their concerns are not condoning sexual assault nor attacking the campaign itself but more often than not their words are twisted or go unheard attwood may have said it best herself in times of extremes extremists when. you're watching r t international appreciate you staying with us so i'll see you at half an hour with a lace that lines. above the i. am.
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