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this is cnn breaking news. >> 4:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast, welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world as we follow breaking news this hour on cnn out of north korea. i'm george howell. >> i'm paula newton. pyongyang test fired yet another missile. a u.s. official says it was an intermediate range ballistic missile. sources say it was launched from a province in the country's north. >> travel about 300 miles, about some 500 kilometers before landing in the sea of japan, also known as the east sea. this happened just after the
u.s. president donald trump was hosting the japanese prime minister shinzo abe in florida, standing side by side, both made a brief statement about pyongyang's latest provocation. listen. >> translator: north korea's most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable. north korea must fully comply with the relevant u.n. security council resolutions. during the summit meeting that i had with president trump, he assured me that the united states will always with japan 100% and to demonstrate his determination as well as commitment, he is now here with me at this joint press conference. >> thank you very much, mr. prime minister. i just want everybody to understand and fully know that the united states of america
stands behind japan, its great ally, 100%. thank you. >> a big international story. we're following it with cnn's matt rivers live this hour in seoul, south korea. obviously that's a nation paying very close attention to what happens to its neighbor to the north. what reaction are you hearing from there? >> well, we're getting the kind of reaction that frankly we hear from the south korean government every time one of these missile tests happens. this missile that was tested this morning here is the kind of thing that the south koreans have gotten used to, especially over the last year or so. in 2016 there was some 24 ballistic missile tests like this one, though it is interesting because this is the first one that the south koreans have seen since october 20th. this is, of course, the first test that has been launched since donald trump assumed the presidency. but in terms of how south
koreans are responding, they say what they always say, they're going to pursue punitive actions, working with their a y allies like the united states to do so and they're trying to further clarify exactly whether this test was a success or a failure in the eyes of the north koreans. telling perhaps that we haven't seen any state media announcements coming out of north korea. oftentimes you see state media in north korea use grand rhetoric when talking about extreme successes by kim jong-un, the great leader of north korea as they call him. and so we haven't seen that yet. south korean officials still piecing together the evidence here but frankly this is something they have been through before and they're just dealing with it once again. >> so interesting that we haven't seen that reaction from state media in north korea because as you said they usually use is as a propaganda tool. in terms of the fact that this was not an intercontinental ballistic missile, what is the
read on that from where you're sittinging in south korea? >> that -- had an icbm would have been tested, that is what would have made this test stand out. on january 1st, kim jong-un gave a new year's day address saying the north koreans were preparing the final stages of technology in order to be able to successfully test an icbm, that long range missile that could be hitting -- capable of hitting targets like the united states, thousands of kilometers away. so many experts were wondering when inevitably this first missile test of the year took place, would it be one of those icbms. that was the thing that experts were openly discussing. that is what would have made this particular missile test stand out. the fact it didn't happen shows that the north koreans, at least not yet, don't have the kind of technology to be able to do so. that said, they are moving towards that point. there is near unanimous agreement amongst the experts in
this field that the north koreans are determined to develop this long range delivery system, this long range missile system and really only a matter of time before the intermediate type missiles tested transform into long range missiles and that will provide a whole new level of worry for south korea, japan and, of course, for the united states. >> matt rivers watching the situation live from seoul, we appreciate it. athena jones has more on the white house reaction to north korea's missile launch. >> that's right. we did hear brief statements from japanese prime minister shinzo abe and even briefer statement i should say from president trump here tonight at mar-a-lago. the president's estate here in palm beach. shinzo abe, the prime minister of japan, saying this north korea's most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable, saying north korea must fully comply with the relevant u.n. security council resolutions. that second line there is an
echo of a line from the joint statement put out by the u.s. and japan after the two leaders, prime minister abe and president trump, had their first official meeting at the white house. in that statement, they urged north korea not to make any further provocative actions or thought to take any provocative actions and they talked about the need for it to comply with u.n. security council resolutions so you heard the prime minister echoing that call tonight. he also said that during the summit with president trump, trump assured him that the united states will always come to japan's defense and said that the president and he completely share their view, that we're going to promote further cooperation between the two nations and also we are going to further reinforce our alliance. after the prime minister spoke, president trump took to the podium and delivered a very brief statement saying thank you very much, mr. prime minister, i just want everyone to -- everybody to understand and fully know that the united states of america stands behind
japan, its great ally, 100%. thank you. now, i can't stress enough that is a statement that does not at all address what happened. it does not address the fact that north korea launched this missile. it was a cautious statement, dare i say a timid statement, not the kind of language we heard from candidate trump or president elect trump, clear signal that the white house is responding very, very cautiously to this, its first real national security test. now barely not even a month in to the presidency. so that is the statements we're getting so far from the white house and the japanese prime minister in response to this latest provocation from north korea. i should mention this is something that north korea likes to do. they like to test new administrations. they fired -- they fired off their second nuclear test early in president obama's first term and their third one just a month into his second term. so this is not something that
was not predictable. in fact, u.s. intelligence picked up on movements in the past month or so that indicated this could be coming. and yet we get a very, very brief statement from president trump, a bit of a longer one from prime minister abe in this first response to a missile launch. back to you. for more analysis on north korea, let's bring in jim walsh, senior research associate at mit joining us have from cambridge, massachusetts. >> part of this is set piece theater, you know. we're going to have the japanese prime minister and the south korea temporary president, president trump, all come out and say this is unacceptable and terrible and we'll pursue tougher measures and there will probably be a u.n. resolution at some point. but if we sort of step back from all of that, which is, you know, set theater as they say, what strikes me about it is the north
koreans test, they test a missile, it is not a test of an icbm intercontinent at ballistic missile like they threatened to do, the strikes may, and based on what i know about friends having conversations with north koreans, as pushing a little bit, but not too much, sort of waiting to see what president trump will do. so i think we have a bit of tactical play here by the north koreans. >> so you describe this as set theater. north korea pushing, just to see how far north korea can push. and we're hearing the statement from the president of the united states that the u.s. supports japan 100%. so this is really the president's first time to face such an international test. >> yeah. but you do remember there was a period before -- after the election before the inauguration where i think on bad advice he
came out and said we're never going to allow north korea to test. he seemed to set up a red line and the staff backed away from that. i think it would be wiser for him not to set up red lines that he cannot enforce. i think the north koreans, frankly, you know, are somewhat -- like many countries in the world, not sure how to react here. they're sort of pushing along a little bit, so they're being provocative, as is classically north korean, being provocative, but not too provocative, such that it would set off a crisis. and so i think both sides are feeling each other out. neither side wants to put itself in a position where this automatically leads to some sort of ugly escalation. >> let's talk about south korea. that nation obviously in a tricky spot as well. its president has been impeached, waiting for the courts to make a final decision there. all of this happening at a time
where south korea is in a very different position than it might have been in earlier years. >> yes. i agree. and what makes -- i'm glad you asked that question, you're absolutely right to put your finger on that. some folks speculated that north korea would not carry out this test until north korea would not carry out the test until south korea and had chosen its new leader, the idea being north korea didn't want to roil the waters in the south koreans making their new choices. but apparently, so what have we learned from this? one thing we learned from this, sort of cautious in a north korean sort of way. second thing we learned is is that the north koreans apparently felt it was more important to sort of press the u.s., test the u.s. in a modest way and not really worry about what impact that would have on south korea's election. so that tells me they're more worried about the u.s. and south
korea, and i agree with you, anytime you have, you know, leadership up for grabs, it is sort of a dicey moment. but i think that the south koreans aren't looking to start a war here. i think they're going to go through their own domestic political process, they'll select -- they'll get some -- there will be an end to this nightmare they have, and then everyone is going to sit down and try to figure out, what happens now? we're in this brave new world, new leadership in the u.s., new leadership in south korea, and relatively young leadership in a provocative north korea. that's when the game will really begin. >> let's push on with your description of set theater. we talked about all the important pieces in this geopolitical puzzle. we talked about the united states. we talked about japan and south korea. we have not yet talked about china. and we just saw a few days ago somewhat of an about face quite fully an about face with the president of the united states saying that he will honor the
one china policy, which is the only way as it has been stated by china for there to be a relationship between the two nations. so given that has now happened, how important will china be when it comes to provocative north korea? >> you know, i've always said there is no -- without china. 90% of all of north korea's trade is with china. as the rest of the world imposed sanctions and tried to squeeze north korea, that increased china's leverage because essentially china is the last country that has any economic relationship of significance with north korea. so china is critical. you're absolutely right to point to that one china sort of backing off that. thank god. that -- why pick a fight that neither side wants to have over something that has been settled for decades? so now the question is, with that behind us, will the president of the united states and president should be able to
find a way to find common ground on north korea even if they are at odds on other issues, on the south china sea or on trade or -- can they find a way to pursue their mutual self-interests on north korea? that's an open question. i have no idea. but that will be the key question going forward, because there is no solving this. that's the bare reality. >> thank you for your insight. we'll stay in touch with you. >> thank you. >> of course, continuing to follow the breaking news this hour, more on the north korean missile launch. also, hundreds of people arrested in cities across the united states. why immigrants, many families, are living in fear of a knock on the door. and we'll see how the mexican government is trying to reach out to its nationals on the other side of the border.
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authorities have arrested undocumented immigrants in 12 different states from coast to coast. >> now, the latest raids have taken in more than 200 foreign nationals in the midwest. officials say most of the people they locked up had already been convicted of crimes. we get more now from our rafael roma. >> reporter: the detentions over the last week are in the hundreds and have been across the country, especially in states with higher concentrations of immigrants. in california alone, officials say they detained 160 individuals. according to authorities, 150 of the detainees had criminal histories and the rest were in deportation proceedings for other reasons. activists say the raids have terrorized immigrant populations and caused widespread fear in these and other states. but homeland security secretary john kelly says the raids are in compliance with the law and not just random operations. >> first of all, they're not rounding anyone up. the people that ice apprehend
are people who are illegal and then some. ice is executing the law. >> reporter: a labor union representing a school district in texas published a flyer that tells immigrants what to do in case immigration authorities come knocking on their doors. a union spokeswoman calls the raids a crisis and says providing this information is important to students and parents at the school district. a local official reacted with indignation to the raids. >> we have heard of several confirmed ice actions in austin. we're here to denounce those actions and to let the community know that we have their backs. >> reporter: immigration and customs enforcement published a statement about the raids saying the following, the rash of recent reports purported ice checkpoints and random sweeps are false, dangerous and irresponsible. these reports create panic and put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger. individuals who falsely report such activities are doing a disservice to those they claim
to support. president donald trump made cracking down on illegal immigration a central focus of his presidential campaign. rafael roma, cnn, atlanta. >> thank you so much. whether it is meant to be intentional or not, the new administration is creating a great deal of anxiety among many innocent families, many people who came to the u.s. simply hoping to find a better life. >> a lot of families coping with a lot of stress now. mexico's government it trying to help the nationals however it can. luis sandoval shows us how they're reaching out. >> reporter: you wouldn't know it if you drove by this tucson, arizona, building that bears the mexican seal. but inside it is a small army of call takers. this is more than just a phone bank. it is a clearinghouse for mexicans run by the mexican government. it is called ciam, center for information and assistance for mexicans, the only one in the u.s. >> we also explain all the consular services we offer.
>> reporter: these days patricia says people are concerned about more than just basic services. >> it can be tough because every story, every call is another story. and i can have a call that can be about a passport, but i can also have a call saying that what happened if my kids "r" us us citizens and they have to go back to mexico. >> that's why we have people walking here. >> reporter: ricardo who leads this team noticed a recent 100% increase in call traffic. the center received an average of $700 ca7 700 calls a day befd trump was sworn in, today, 1400. he says many of the calls come from undocumented mexicans with the new fear of dealing with u.s. immigration authorities. they fear deportation. >> we're trying to refer our
community to professionals here or in another location around the us us th the u.s. that can provide information. we're doing that in in a more intensive manner. >> reporter: he's warning mexican citizens in the u.s. to take precautions, the advice coming as hundreds are being arrested in several states. they see more severe immigration measures to be implemented with possible violations to constitutional precepts. he says those concerns have prompted them to keep their lines open 24/7. >> please come to the -- >> reporter: with concerns about what the white house's next step will be, it doesn't seen the phones will stop ringing anytime soon. cnn, tucson, arizona.
>> okay, so february in the northeast, what does it do, george? >> it snows. >> it does indeed. and we have got that lovely storm called the nor'easter. i'm not sure if this is technically a nor'easter, but julie martin is going to tell us. i have a feeling that you're going to describe something that is like a bomb. i'm not sure i want to hear this. >> yes, technically we call this bombo genesis, sounds scary, but here we go again, round two for some of the areas, hasn't been a week since that last big snowstorm, places like boston, you're likely to get quite a bit more snow. we could see 6 to maybe 8 inches in boston. even worse for you, though, in maine where in fact we'll be looking at maybe a foot to a foot and a half or so of snow. winter storm warnings are up for everyone you see here in the pink. this equivalent to 16 million people under the warnings now, sunday to monday night. that's the real timing here. we're looking at even blizzard
conditions when you get out on cape cod. now a blizzard watch up for you. even portions of northeastern maine, also under a blizzard warning at this time. here is our storm system right now. coming from the ohio valley, sections of this energy now moving out, bringing a little bit of a wintry mix here in the new york area and philly. it is rain for you right now. but new york, you're not going to be under the gun in this situation. really just more of a rain and kind of a messy event for you. the real snow starts to move in, though, as we get later in the day. take a look at this now as we get into connecticut. new hampshire, boston, up through maine. this is where we're looking at about sunday tonight at 11:00 where we're seeing that snow pile up, the winds are going to be howling, we have two low pressure systems coming together. these two are going to be meeting up here in the atlantic, producing very strong winds and that's just going to intensify the storm all along the coastal areas here. so even the possibility of some coastal flooding with this one. you mentioned that word,
bombogenesis this is what it is, it is pretty easy, really. just means that storm is going to intensify rapidly once it gets over that warm water. and by doing so, that means intense bursts of snow and very strong winds that are going to last in through the monday morning commute. very messy out there for sure. >> and they want more of that. thank you so much. still ahead here, as cnn newsroom continues, we'll have an update on the breaking news we're following out of north korea. a missile launch there. plus, the president of russia says he's ready to talk face to face with the president of the united states. we'll take a look at when and how. "newsroom" live from atlanta georgia to our viewers across the united states and the world this hour. stay with us
4:29 on the u.s. east coast, we're following the breaking news this hour here on cnn. welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm george howell. >> i'm paula newton. you're watching "cnn newsroom." north korea's test of a ballistic missile on saturday was the latest of many in recent years. but it was the first on u.s. president donald trump's watch. and it was done as japanese prime minister shinzo abe was on a state visit to the united states. >> the timing of this very interesting. the launch was believed to be either a medium range or intermediate range missile. mr. abe and mr. trump were briefed on the situation at president president trump's home in florida and afterward they issued a joint statement. listen. >> translator: north korea's most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable.
north korea must fully comply with the relevant u.n. security council resolutions. during the summit meeting that i had with president trump, he assured me that the united states will always with japan 100% and to demonstrate his determination as well as commitment, he is now here with me at this joint press conference. >> thank you very much, mr. prime minister. i just want everybody to understand and fully know that the united states of america stands behind japan, its great ally, 100%. thank you. >> the u.s. president making that statement standing behind japan. i want to explain this map you see. so this missile traveled just over 300 miles or about 500 kilometers, which is represented by the number one line that you
see there. north korea does have missiles that can reach as far as the line three that you see. and it is striving for an intercontinental missile that can reach lines four or five. those lines that could threaten the united states. let's bring in john nilson wright, the head of the asia program at chatham house, live in paris this hour. so, you know, just first of all, talking about the fact this happened at a time where the japanese prime minister and the president of the united states are together, the timing of this, your response to that. >> well, i think this is straight out of the north korean playbook, very common, if you think back to 2013, 2009, where it transitions with new presidents coming in, it is very common for the north koreans to want to do something to grab their attention and this, of course, as we have seen, grabbed attention of countries in the region and, of course, president trump. but it is also consistent with a long-term strategy on the part of pyongyang to develop their
ballistic missile capabilities and also their nuclear capabilities, what the north would like to do would accrue a nuclear device on a missile to threaten the neighbors. the good news, if there is any good news, is that this test really in terms of the missile that was deployed may have succeeded in the sense that it has captured that much attention, but doesn't represent a step change in north korea's missile capabilities. this is part of a long-term process, north korea wants to enhance its capabilities. but no doubt that i think president trump and as we heard just from prime minister abe, a lot of anxiety, a lot of worry about what this means over the long-term. >> i want to pick up on that, we have been discussing the fact this was not an intercontinental ballistic missile. as you said, there is some positive news in that. and yet many people have been asking what is the north korean capability on this issue right
now. some people are saying what is april sour open source we know about and they're working on this other kind of missile that could perhaps reach as far as the united states. but in terms of when you look at your sources, do you think they are hiding nuclear and missile technology from intelligence and the united states or south korea? >> well, they always want to maximize the impact of surprise and the north koreans are not going to disclose what they have. i think the evidence so far suggests that their yield to possibly long area way from getting to the stage where they can militarize nuclear weapons and deploy them effectively and accurately on a ballistic missile. whether that's a short-term or medium range or long-term range missile still remains to be seen. so far this is what they want to achieve and i think the evidence suggests they're not there yet. but, of course, with more of these tests and more time, we will eventually see them, i think most people expect within the course of the next two or
possibly three or four years get to that point. that raises the question what can the international community do effectively to slow down and ultimately reverse this process. >> you talk about international community. i want to push forward on that. the state of the alliances as they stand right now, the united states and its relationship with china, the u.s. and its relationship with south korea. south korea is in a different position. its president has been impeached, waiting for the court to make a decision on that. china is now in a better situation with the u.s., given that the president has acknowledged the one china policy, but at the same time, we're seeing these relationships either reaffirm or take new positions, how does all that play into handling north korea? >> again, the good news is as we saw with the visit by defense secretary mattis in the region, both seoul and tokyo, we have seen a reaffirmation of america's commitment to its traditional relationships and
that's welcome news both in south korea and japan. it is very important as you rightly point out, there is a lot of uncertainty on the ground because of the impeachment, the front-runner at the moment possibly to take over from the embattled president, it is a progressive politician who is already suggested his approach to north korea might involve negotiations in a more moderate approach if you would like, which might conflict quite by -- the more hard-line approach of president trump. china in this context is as it always has been, in a sense the most critical player. because china has the closest relationship. it is in a position to enforce sanctions if it wants to. so far, however, chinese have always been willing, if you like, very final stage, to roll back some of the sanctions. many people in washington are
arguing that president trump needs to introduce much tougher set of sanctions that target not only north korea, but any third party, for example, any chinese ban that seems to be dealing with the north koreans. and it -- if washington does that, that will threaten the stability and the strength of the evolving u.s./china relationship. >> those proposals are making the rounds in washington. interesting you brought up that perhaps south korea might have a new policy of perhaps reaching out. many experts are saying this is what north korea wants right now. that they're actually at a point where they might come to the table. what do you think? is that plausible? >> if something were offered that really met their demands, which would involve both a peace treaty, full diplomatic recognition, as they often say, unrealistically, for obvious reasons, they'll argue they want all u.s. sources out of south korea and japan. that's a nonstarter. no american president, particularly president trump given his public statements both
before and since coming -- taking over as president is going to entertain that sort of policy. we also have a republican congress that wants to see a tougher line towards north korea. keeping the door open to some set of negotiations is one way forward. but it has to be coupled, i would argue, with much tougher sanctions and a willingness to work with america's allies and also to incentivize the chinese, to recognize they need to bolster their rhetorical commitment. so far, china -- and the dilemma and the challenge that the americans is to find a way in which they can effectively shut off north korea's opportunities to get -- possibly other measures to deal with some 50,000 north korean workers, restricting their activities, also raising the issue of human rights, of course a very topical concern, and demonstrating that
if the north koreans are willing to come back and -- talk about some sort of freeze, roll back of the programs and they stand to gain more. >> 10:38 in the morning in paris, france, where john nilson wright joins us live via skype. john, thank you so much for your insight. it is just so good to get the perspective from different points around the world when a big story like this happens. let's now bring in scott lucas, who also is joining us via skype from birmingham, england, a professor of international politics at the university of birmingham. let's talk about the president's response. this was not president trump on twitter. this was not what we saw during the campaign trail, the harsh rhetoric we saw. rather this was the president on stage with another world leader saying that the u.s. supports japan 100%, a very brief statement, your thoughts to it. >> i think once they can
understand president trump being very terse, and issuing only one sentence, until we know more exactly the significance of the north korean test. at the same time, it was very, very brief. wasn't the type of statement you might get from barack obama talking about possible diplomatic measures, talking more fully about the relationship with asian countries, not just japan, but also south korea. i think that reflects the fact that trump isn't actually on point over this issue. i think the pragmatists in the white house, including defense secretary mattis, have been the ones who have really tried to drive forward issues regarding japan and china in the past couple of weeks as represented by mattis' trip to the region. trump in many senses is a figure head on this issue and will need to be watching what the defense department, state department says in the next day or two. >> you're making the case as if he hasn't been briefed well enough on this issue, if i take you at the word. it is a complicated issue.
the other administration, eight years, and still didn't get to a resolution. at this point, donald trump has said, look, he doesn't think china's doing enough. do you think he's hitting on a key issue there, though? >> well, i think it wasn't the question of china not doing enough, but trump both as candidate and initially as president made very provocative statements, remember the idea that china was raping the u.s. economy, that china always takes advantage of us. that isn't the type of rhetoric you want in this type of situation. so i think there has been a very conscience effort by the pragmatists, within the white house, to make sure that we do not take an incident like the north korean test and turn it na a confrontation with beijing. especially given that president trump's chief strategist steve bannon has warned us and some would say has welcomed the prospect of u.s. chinese confrontation. >> just talking about those alliances and i'm reminded of what the former president barack obama indicated from the white
house press podium saying that, you know, sound bites, statements make for good sound bites and i'm paraphrasing this poorly, i'm sure. he said that reality has a way of asserting itself. is that what we're seeing with these alliances where, you know, where there may have been some concern about instability rather they are still together. >> absolutely right. slightly different from your previous case -- guest who was talking about putting sanctions on the chinese as well as north korea. what you do not want of this case is where you align beijing with pyongyang on one side and the u.s., south korea, and japan on the other. that's not a recipe for dealing with those very complex questions. and indeed it will increase the temperature. what you need right now is a coordinated approach among -- between the u.s., japan, china, and other countries in asia pacific on how they respond to this. that's what i think will be happy behind the scenes.
>> scott lucas live in birmingham, england, thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you. "cnn newsroom" continues. vladimir putin wants to set a date for a long anticipated meeting with the president of the united states. why the russian leader says he's now ready to meet face to face. stay with us. only tylenol® rapid release gels have laser drilled holes. they release medicine fast, for fast pain relief. tylenol® parts a and b and want more coverage, guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance plan whenever you want. no enrollment window. no waiting to apply. that means now may be a great time to shop for an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. medicare doesn't cover everything. and like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans,
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the russian president says he's ready. >> sounds like a date. >> we're going to figure this out. vladimir putin was answering a question about a possible meeting with u.s. president donald trump. >> he reiterated he hopes for a face to face conversation to try to restore u.s./russian relations. so far no date has been set. claire sebastian has more details for us. >> reporter: two weeks since
president trump and putin first spoke on the phone, the question of when they might meet in person is back in the headlines. at a press conference on friday, the slovenian president offered his capital city as a potential location for their first meeting. this is what president putin had to say in response. >> translator: as for lubviana and slovenia, it is a wonderful place for such talks, however it depends not only on us, but on a wide range of circumstances and day to day business. if these meetings take place, we have nothing against lubviana. i would like to thank in advance. if there is such an opportunity. mr. president spoke about that. i would like to thank slovenia for its willingness to organize such a meeting. >> slovenia might appeal to the
u.s. side being the birth place of first lady ma loelania trump the location of the first ever meeting that took place between then president bush and president putin in 2001. president putin making the point, though, in the press conference friday, while he is ready and willing to restore the u.s./russian relationship, they can't start dialogue in earnest until the u.s. side finalizes its teams and decides who will be dealing with russia on certain key issues. that echoes a source at the russian foreign ministry speaking to cnn earlier this week and expressing some frustration at the lack of counterparts at the u.s. state department saying they are trying to understand who is dealing with what. now, as to when we might find out more about that first face to face meeting between presidents trump and putin, the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov said he hopes to meet with his counterpart secretary of state rex tillerson at one of several high level meetings set to take place in germany at the end of next week.
that meeting could pave the way for the first face to face contact between the two countries presidents. >> thank you so much. violence again on the streets of paris saturday over the alleged rape of a young man by police. more than 2,000 people were involved in the riots. four vehicles were set on fire. the protests began when four police officers were accused of beating a 22-year-old man and raping him with a baton. the interior ministry says all four have been charged with aggravated assault in the february 2nd incident. one of the officers has been charged with rape. switching gears here next, we'll take you where clowns go to pray. you can bet plenty of one liners in that sermon. we'll explain after the break. , soon learned that one of our ancestors was eastern european.
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our neil curry joined the congregation at the london church for a special annual tribute. ♪ >> reporter: a church yard provides a quiet corner of solitude amided craziness of london life. but all is not as it seems. clowns of all shapes and sizes are gathering here for a key date in their comical calendar. >> we're going to stick the nose on very soon. that's his nose. he's excited to get that on. >> reporter: they're here to remember a recently fallen funny man and one of the most famous names in the history of hilarity. >> joseph gramaldi. >> joseph gramaldi. >> joseph gramaldi. >> reporter: joseph gramaldi was a 19th century superstar who transformed the role and appearance of the clown. he delighted theater audiences across london it high profile
fans like charles diggens. almost 200 years after his death, gramaldi's service is marked by an annual church service in his name. a comical congregation of playful pilgrims pack the pews, donning the dress code of drollery.ful coats, hats and bo ties. and candles are lit to remember those who have given their last giggle. but the chucklesome nature of the occasion could barely be further from the so-called creepy clown craze which terrified people in a number of countries around halloween last year. the clown community, it was no laughing matter. >> i lost three bookings. and lost some work as well
through it. i was going out with no face on. no face. and going to do my work at children's shows. they said, please don't come as a clown because my child will be frightened. >> reporter: the clowns at the service are refusing to let such memories wipe the smile from their faces. >> clowns are the catalyst to laughter. and, you know, as charlie chaplin said, a day without laughter is a day wasted. >> you see somebody without a smile, give them one of yours. >> reporter: concluding cackle and another burst of bubbles, joey gramaldi's mirthful memory is maintained for another year. neil curry, cnn, london. >> how many clowns can you pack into a church? >> there is a joke there, but we don't have time to tell it. >> thank you for being with us. >> our breaking news coverage continues for viewers in the
good morning to you. nice and early. i'm christy paul >> i'm victor blackwell. well come to your viewers around the world. north korea test firing another ballistic missile and adding a new foreign policy wrinkle to the early days of the trump administrati administration. >> a u.s. official says a ballistic missile was lau