the former russian member of parliament sergei markov joins me from moscow. >>> amanpour on pbs was made possible by the generous support of roslalind p. walter. >>> good evening, everyone, and welcome to the program. i'm christiane amanpour in london. the winds of war have been blowing after months of brinkmanship between north korea's kim jong-un and donald trump. but diplomacy now seems to have a chance with kim leading the charge. he popped up in china this week, his first venture out of his country since taking power in 2011. china, of course, is his main ally. and leaders there say kim committed to denuclearization and to summit meetings with the united states as well as south korea. so does this all seem too good to be true? and how will the appointment of a hard line new trump foreign policy team including the notoriously hawkish john bolton impact the negotiations? this was the new national security adviser's view just last month. quote, it is perfectly legitimate for the united states to respond to north korea's nuclear weapons by striking first. so what next? the world literal
sergei markov, thank you forjoining us. that was sergei markov speaking earlier from minsk. now, good news if you work in a certain aircraft factory in lancashire — not so good maybe if you live in yemen. as saudi arabia's crown prince, mohammed bin salman rounded off a trip to the uk tonight, his country has signed a letter of intent to buy 48 more typhoon fighters from bae systems. britain is underfire from human rights groups for arming saudi arabia at the same time as mr bin salman, prince bin salman, one of the architects of the yemen war is portrayed by his country's media as the kingdom's best hope for human rights, reform and renewal. today's announcements about the planes followed meetings with theresa may, boris johnson and the queen. earlier, i spoke to sherard cowper coles, formerly british ambassador to saudi and former consult to bae. i asked him if this deal was good news for people in factories across the uk. yes, good news for the british economy, but also good news for british influence in the middle east. good news for our relationship with saudi arabia.
joining us from there now is doctor sergey markov, a former kremlin aide and mp in vladimir putin's united russia party. thank you very much forjoining us on breakfast this morning. can i start by asking, how do you think russia can explain how nova jock ended up in salisbury in the united kingdom? —— nova shock. first of all we don't know that it is nova shock —— not the jock. know that it is nova shock —— not thejock. we know british intelligence service community are very experienced in classification, it could have been a different chemical attack, it is similarto different chemical attack, it is similar to what's been used in eastern ghouta, in syria, in the war there, there is an indication this has been made in syria as well as now in salisbury. russia is waiting on official documentation and letter from british authorities and the british authorities have no facts and no real evidence of involvement of russian authorities in the case. we will now see hysterical speeches in parliament and the media, which is part of the campaign which we have seen for years. just to clar
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