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News Wrap: Nuclear missile that can reach U.S. from North Korea ‘inevitable,’ says Defense official

May 23, 2017 at 6:45 PM EDT
This undated photo of intermediate-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2's launch test was released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 22, 2017. KCNA/via Reuters

HARI SREENIVASAN: In the day’s other news: There’s word President Trump has retained Wall Street lawyer Marc Kasowitz in the special counsel investigation of contacts between campaign aides and the Russians. Several news organizations report that here — Kasowitz has also represented Mr. Trump in other matters over the years. He’s in the same law firm as former Senator Joe Lieberman, who is under consideration for FBI director.

The man who was running the CIA last summer says he warned Russia not to interfere in the U.S. presidential election. John Brennan testified today before the House Intelligence Committee. He said he became very worried about contacts between the Russians and people involved with the Trump campaign. We will have a full report later in the program.

The head of the Defense Intelligence Agency warned today it is inevitable North Korea will develop a nuclear missile that can reach the U.S. mainland unless something is done to prevent it. Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart spoke at a Senate hearing.

But, meanwhile, at a U.N. conference in Geneva, the U.S. traded barbs with the North, also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

JU YONG CHOL, North Korean Diplomat: The DPRK’s self-defensive measures to protect its dignity and vital rights and genuine peace from the United States’ escalating nuclear threat are the legitimate rights of a sovereign state, and they are not against any international law.

ROBERT WOOD, U.S. Special Representative to the U.N. Conference on Disarmament: The United States, as I have said many times before, is not the threat to the DPRK’s regime is the regime itself. And it needs to come into compliance with its international obligations, and it needs to do it now.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Also today, South Korea’s military said it fired warning shots at a possible drone aircraft that flew from the North and may have crossed the border.

The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, declared martial law today in the country’s south. It affects the island of Mindanao, where Muslim extremists linked to the Islamic State group have attacked Marawi, a city of some 200,000. The fighting today killed at least two soldiers, a police officer and several militants and continued into the night.

Two U.S. astronauts aboard the International Space Station were forced to make an unplanned space walk today for urgent repairs. Commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Jack Fischer replaced a broken data relay box that operates the station’s radiators, robotic equipment and solar panels. Whitson now ties the record for the most space walks of any American at 10. She also holds the U.S. record for the most accumulated time in space.

The U.S. government is accusing Fiat Chrysler of cheating on diesel emissions tests, just as Volkswagen did. The Justice Department filed suit today, saying the automaker used special software on more than 100,000 vehicles to get around the tests. The company denies wrongdoing.

On Wall Street, stocks managed to climb for the fourth straight session. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 43 points to close near 20938. The Nasdaq rose five points, and the S&P 500 added four.

British actor Sir Roger Moore, who played James Bond in seven films, has died after a fight with cancer. He began as Bond in 1973, but long after he moved on, his celebrity status aided him in his stint as UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

SIR ROGER MOORE, Actor: Bond certainly gives you a financial security, a notoriety. I get media and press attention because they are curious to know why an ex-James Bond is sort of working for children, which gets them in. They want to talk about Bond, but I can always get the subject back onto the children.

HARI SREENIVASAN: The actor also had a hit TV series, “The Saint,” in the 1960s. He was knighted in 2003. Roger Moore was 89 years old.