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America warns that North Korea is begging for war
America urges the UN to take the strongest possible measures against
North Korea. It comes after North Korea performed their sick than most
powerful nuclear test. The US ambassador to the UN said America
does not want conflict, but its patient is not unlimited.
His abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats sure that he is
begging for war. As thousands more people
flee to Bangladesh, pressure grows on Myanmar's
government to end the military campaign
against the Rohingya Muslims. Angela Merkel has faced down her
opponent in Germany's televised election debate. And sacked from
L'Oreal but still defiant, we will hear from the transgender model who
says that all white people benefit from racism.
Hello and welcome to World News Today.
The American ambassador to the United Nations has urged the other
nations to take the strong as possible measures against North
Korea. Speaking in an emergency session, Mickey Hayley's language
was blunt. She said, to the members of the Security Council I must
say... But a Chinese counterpart urged
restraint. He said... The BBC's correspondent is in Seoul,
here is the latest report. One day after North Korea's most
powerful nuclear test, the south displayed its might. Missiles were
launched from the ground and the air. It was a test, South Korea
showing off how it could attack Pyongyang's nuclear site. This is a
strong reaction from a country that for months has been desperately
trying to avoid conflict in the Korean peninsula. Across the sea in
Japan, the government gave worrying details about North Korea's latest
test. TRANSLATION: The evidence suggest
that the North conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The government had to
conclude that the test was a success, considering the huge poor
it generated. Pyongyang has successfully test the weapon that
poses a great threat to Japan's security.
A hydrogen bomb is vastly more powerful than the bomb that
destroyed Hiroshima, and North Korea says that is what his leader is
looking at. The country has conducted six nuclear tests so far,
but it has really accelerated since Kim Jong Un him to power. At an
emergency UN Security Council meeting, the US lashed out at the
North Korean leader. Nuclear power is understand the
responsibility. Kim Jong Un shows no such understanding. His abusive use
of missiles, and his nuclear threats, show that he is begging for
war. The people in South Korea have dealt
with the threat from the North for a long time now. But perhaps never
before has a nuclear test and multiple missile tests come in such
quick succession, really ratcheting up the pressure on the government
here in Seoul and its allies. This is America's latest anti-missile
system, designed to shoot down a Rockets. It has now been deployed in
South Korea. The allies might be able to defend themselves against an
attack, but no matter how much North Korea provokes them, striking the
country's nuclear base is not the easy option.
This is most important. North Korea will certainly retaliate, and South
Korea will be the main victim of being sandwiched between the
hardline United States and recalcitrant North Korea.
And so for now, South Korea continues to build an arsenal hoping
never to use it. So what are the options left
for the international community as it tries to curb
North Korea's nuclear ambitions? Here's our Diplomatic
Correspondent, James Robbins. President Trump insists the time for
talking to North Korea has passed, but most countries still hope
diplomacy might work, dissuading the regime not to become a full nuclear
weapons state. As part of that diplomacy, the UN Security Council
has been meeting to discuss additional sanctions designed to
turn tied to the economic screw on North Korea. The UN has been passing
resolutions condemning North Korea, but its weapons programme seems to
be accelerating. Present sanctions include bans on export sales by
North Korea of coal, led, Ireland seafood, almost all of it to China.
There is talk now of a ban of North Korean textiles. The most
devastating sanctions would be a china cut oil supplies, paralysing
an already feeble economy. Only the strongest sanctions will
enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy. We have kicked
the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left. The
United States will look at every country that does business with
North Koreas a country that is giving aid to their reckless and
dangerous nuclear intentions. The United States will present a new
sanctions resolution and push for a vote at the UN next week. It may
well pass. But the Americans reject China's overall approach, it is that
both the United States and North Korea should wind down their forces
in the region. TRANSLATION: This joint initiative
by China and Russia is practical and feasible, aimed at addressing the
most urgent security concerns of the parties concerned, easing the
tension as soon as possible. But what of talks of diplomacy fail?
That leaves the grim possibility of American military action. The United
States has made clear it could overwhelm North Korea will stop the
trouble with that is the North Korean regime already has its own
massive conventional missiles just back from the border, and Seoul is
within easy range. So the South Korean capital, as well as large
parts of Japan, could be devastated, and military action could rapidly
escalate into all-out war. Amidst all this attention, what is Kim Jong
Un, North Korea's dictator, actually trying to achieve? He desperately
wants to join the elite club of nuclear nations for his own
protection. Not having nuclear weapons makes dictator 's honourable
to regime change -- vulnerable. He has looked at Colonel Gaddafi and
Saddam Hussein, neither had nukes. It is likely he will press on and
try to complete an arsenal of nuclear missiles, the fate of his
country and people are not being stopped.
Joining me now from Washington is Scott Snyder,
senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
He joins us live here. Thank you very much for your time. What was
your reading of what we heard in the Security Council?
Well, clearly the US is back for another round, or stern round of
sanctions. There was a gap between the Chinese and the Americans, after
only two months and a year after the last North Korean nuclear test, last
year took almost three months to arrive at a Security Council
resolution. One would hope that given the nature of this particular
amount, it would be possible for the US China and Russia to come to
closure much more expeditiously. Some people listening to China
saying there will never be war on the peninsula. Donald Trump saying
all options are available, that is more than a gap, that is a chasm.
Well, the situation is growing more serious precisely because North
Korea, Kim Jong Un is trying to export his own vulnerability to the
United States. The United States finds that export of vulnerability
to the US unacceptable and that the US would retaliate massively if
indeed that is what happens. But the core of that statement in my view
was a defensive statement. It mirrors some of the North Korean
defensive statements with regards to responsible use of the nuclear
capability. But then, I think on the US side, there is not a level of
trust with the North Korean leader, that he can be responsible, and
there is a discomfort with vulnerability to North Korean
threats. We have heard condemnation from
people within the Trump administration. This demand further
sanctions. Some people watching might be thinking, we have had of
sanctions and condemnation, and here we are.
Well, there is still more road in terms of the level of pressure that
can be applied to North Korea. It is absolutely true that pressure is
only one element of what is needed in order to turn the situation
around. There is also a need for diplomatic indication on a variety
of fronts, between the United States and North Korea, if for no other
reason under both sides to understand the rules of the road and
arguably a new situation based on North Korea's expanding
capabilities. Then later on perhaps we can get back to denuclearisation
discussions. But I think the immediate need is for a diplomatic
track, and that is a girl that I think all members of the
International committee should support and facilitate.
Thank you very much for your time. Visit our website for much
more context and analysis There's lots of text and video
including this question and answer Just go to bbc.com/news
for all that. Let's take a look
at some of the other Kenya's presidential
election will be re-run Last week, the Supreme Court
cancelled the results of August's poll, which was
won by Uhuru Kenyatta. It said the electoral commission had
not conducted the vote in line with the constitution and ordered
a re-run within 60 days. A man's been charged
with kidnapping in connection with the disappearance
of a nine-year-old girl The girl was last seen over a week
ago, where the ceremony was held, Police say, the 34-year-old suspect
was one of the guests. United Nations has criticised the
country of Myanmar's leader for failing to protect the Rohingyas.
The situation is really great and it is time for somebody to step in.
These comments come as the number of Mac fleeing to Bangladesh reached
87,000, according to the UN. The refugee agency says the camps were
close to the border and are saturation point.
She is two days old, born inside a refugee camp.
Her parents are Rohingyas, ethnic Muslims from Myanmar denied
citizenship and now fleeing persecution.
The baby's mother says they left after their village was attacked,
TRANSLATION: We fled across the river by boat
We were very scared about what the military would to do to us.
After coming here, we heard that our house has been burnt down.
Do you think you will ever be able to take your baby back home,
There is no one there, we cannot go back.
Their home is now a vast refugee camp.
Along with tens of thousands of Rohingyas now living
Many of them eating their first proper meal in days.
Just four days ago, was nothing here.
It was just a side of a hill with a clump of trees on it.
It is a vast settlement, a temporary home for all the Rohingya refugees
who have come over from Myanmar and have nowhere to go.
And even this place is going to reach its limit in a few days.
Bangladesh is now struggling to cope with the growing numbers
of Rohingyas streaming in every day, especially as many more
To accommodate them we do not have enough land,
that is one important thing, and the problem is we don't have
enough shelters so that we can accommodate them here.
And there is actually the food problem and water,
and the health problem, and actually they are occupying our
That is actually causing huge tensions for the host
Satellite images obtained obtained by Human Rights Watch show entire
More than 400 Rohingyas have been killed in ten days,
It is hard to independently verify the situation.
But in the refugee camps it is apparent that the Rohingyas
are here to stay, and the next generation may never get
The TV debate between Angela Merkel and her rival Martin Schulz
was billed as the last chance to topple the Chancellor before
the country's election in three weeks' time.
But those hoping for an impassioned, or even a furious confrontation
must have been left feeling rather disappointed.
Mrs Merkel's experience showed and she effortlessly fended
Here's our Berlin correspondent Jenny Hill.
You are looking in all probability at Germany's next Chancellor.
Angela Merkel does not like live TV debates.
Nevertheless, most agree she scored a clear victory
against her main rival, Martin Schulz.
It was a lacklustre debate, but it has provoked anger in Turkey.
"If I was Chancellor," said Martin Schulz, "I would end EU
Mrs Merkel, no fan herself of Turkish membership,
TRANSLATION: We agreed that there shouldn't be any
pre-accession payments, and it is clear that Turkey should
not be a member of the EU, so I will talk to my colleagues
to see whether we could come to a common position and end
On the campaign trail, the real story of the selection.
Mrs Merkel's refugee policy is still a source of discontent.
The anti-migrant party is likely to enter parliament
Even so, Mrs Merkel defended her position to open Germany's doors.
TRANSLATION: On September 4th, we had a situation where
the Austrian Chancellor called to tell me that people
And in the life of a Chancellor, there are times when you have
Whoever takes the top job here faces many challenges,
and we heard a lot of them discussed last night.
Domestic issues like pensions and policing,
foreign policy issues, Donald Trump, North Korea, the
So it was perhaps telling that in an hour and a half debate,
not a single word was spoken about Brexit.
Most Americans may be enjoying the Labor Day holiday,
but in the states of Texas and Louisiana, the battle
against the devastation caused by tropical storm Harvey goes on.
In the city of Houston, as people begin to return to their homes,
recovery efforts are starting to focus on rebuilding,
and getting key transportation routes up and running.
The upper part of the Houston ship channel.
What happens on this tiny stretch of water affects
Tankers still cannot get in, choking off supplies of oil.
We went out with an ensign from the US Coast Guard on one
This is one of the major facilities, and one of the missions
for the coastguard was actually to get this restored as soon
as possible for navigational purposes, so that the vessels can
come in and start off-loading or on-loading the product to get it
to where it needs to go across the destinations.
And I guess a sign of just how far we've come in the few days
since Harvey made landfall, we've got a boat here going past.
Right, so, just a few days ago the port was closed,
right, with the hurricane, so now we look at what we
Commodities are starting to move again.
For now, shipping traffic is limited.
The coastguard is assessing the degree and repairing
Normally this waterway would be full of vessels carrying everything
from consumer goods to crude oil, and that is why American authorities
have made this a priority, to get it reopened as soon
as possible given its economic importance.
Exxon Mobil is restarting refining operations at its Baytown facility.
A quarter of all American refining capacity was taken out
And it is not just big business trying to rebuild.
Construction materials were in heavy demand that the local
Spending money on material, money that we don't have.
Mario came for supplies, to fix his grandmother's flooded house.
I work in the refinery industry, so that is one of the industries
At a time when he needs the money most, he is looking
They keep on calling us and sending the message, day by day.
We're not working today, we're working maybe tomorrow,
not today, and then eventually they told us we are not going to be
able to show up until maybe the 5th of September.
And that lack of activity in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
is not just affecting workers but the economy, which is why
there is such a push to get things moving again.
She broke barriers by becoming the first transgender model
to appear in a cosmetics campaign for L'Oreal.
But then Munroe Bergdorf was fired because of a Facebook post
where she reportedly called "all white people" racist.
Bergdorf says she wrote the post in response
to events in Charlottesville, where protestors carrying
Nazi flags clashed with anti-racism demonstrators.
The model told the BBC says she stands by her comments -
Facebook deleted it because once I posted it it was drenched
with alt-right supporters, and just people kind
In the post, I was extremely angry and frustrated,
I think we all were, about the Charlottesville attacks,
about Heather dying, and just the fact that racism exists
and we are not really doing anything to counter it.
I don't think people really understand what
I'm talking about all white people benefit from white privilege.
White privilege filters, well, it stems from white supremacy,
it stems from a society that was put in place and built to benefit white
people above any other race, because race doesn't actually exist,
But the lighter your skin tone the more privilege
For instance, I'm a lighter skinned woman, I will have a lot more
social privilege than, say, a dark skinned black woman.
I did write bookends to that original quote which actually talked
about what people can do if they want to help,
or if they want to help end racism, and obviously it was taken out
of context and all people saw was the angry middle bit.
I don't think I've thrown it away, I think L'Oreal threw it away.
I think that they have the opportunity to actually talk
about why we need diversity and talk about why racism actually
exists in the first place, as that is all I did.
They cannot hire somebody and expect them to keep
their mouths shut when it comes to inconvenient truths.
L'Oreal says it supports diversity and tolerance
towards all people irrespective of their race, background,
There's going to be a new addition
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced they're
Our Royal Correpsondent Nicholas Witchell reports.
The Duchess of Cambridge last week with her husband and Prince Harry.
No news then the announcement of the third baby. Kensington Palace was
forced to disclose the information because the Duchess had to pull out
of an engagement because of morning sickness. She is now resting at
Kensington Palace. According to the statement, the Queen, opening the
Queensbury Crossing near Edinburgh this morning, and other members of
the Royal Family, are delighted by the news. It will be the Queen's six
great grandchild, fifth in line for succession to the throne. It is more
than four years since the birth of Prince George in July 20 13. This is
an important week for him, he is due to start at his new school in
London, something his mother said he will not want to miss. The couple's
second child, Princess Charlotte, was born in May 2015, fourth in the
line for succession, and will retain that position even if the new baby
is a boy. On a visit by the Cambridge is to Poland, Catherine
joked about having another baby when she was given a gift intended for a
baby. It did not seem significant at the time. Today, Prince Harry said
he was delighted at the prospect of being an uncle again.
Fantastic, very happy for them. How is your sister doing?
I haven't seen her for a while but I think she's doing OK.
The news comes just as Williams beginning full-time royal duties.
Soon the team of four will become five. Kensington Palace has not said
when the new baby is due. It must be assumed that it will be around March
of next year. Just time to show you some
astonishing pictures from Australia, frightening as well, 12 people were
injured in a drag racing event at Alice Springs, you will see why in a
moment. That car is spinning around and then suddenly that happens. It's
praise burning fuel over a number of spectators, and one man has critical
injuries, which you might expect. Organisers shut down the event,
which is now being investigated by the police. That's it for this half
an hour, a reminder of the lead story, the US ambassador to the UN
has urged the UN Security Council to take the strongest possible measures
against North Korea in response to its most powerful nuclear test. We
will pick up on those issues on Outside Source.