In our news wrap Friday, the latest jobs report shows a resilient economy despite fears of a trade war with China. The number of new jobs exceeded projections and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 4 percent. Also, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in North Korea today for high-level negotiations aimed at dismantling the country's nuclear weapons.
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In the day's other news, the latest U.S. jobs report shows a resilient economy, despite fears of a trade war with China. The Labor Department said that 213,000 new jobs were added in June, exceeding projections.
But the unemployment rate jumped slightly to 4 percent, up from 3.8 percent in May. The report comes as punitive tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports go into effect today. Beijing hit back quickly, in what it called — quote — "the biggest trade war in economic history."
We will examine the consequences of a tit-for-tat with China after the news summary.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in North Korea today for more high-level talks aimed at dismantling the country's nuclear weapons program. President Trump left a historic summit last month with a broad commitment from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to denuclearize, but Pompeo said he hopes to — quote — "fill in the details."
The secretary of state will stay overnight in Pyongyang. It is unknown whether he will meet with Kim himself.
Challenging negotiations also played out in Vienna, where the remaining members of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal tried to keep Iran from walking away from the agreement.
The countries' foreign ministers described a broad package of measures to boost Iran's economy, but they acknowledged it was hard to counteract U.S. sanctions reimposed on Iran after President Trump pulled out of the deal in May.
Heiko Maas (through translator):
We will not be able to compensate for everything that arises from companies pulling out of Iran, which feel their American business threatened by sanctions. Due to the U.S. sanctions, the situation has become difficult, but we try to make clear to Iran that completely abandoning the deal would cause even more harm also to Iran's economy.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday that the proposed economic measures do not go far enough to ensure oil revenues and foreign investment for Tehran.
In Northern Thailand, the effort to save 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave appears even more perilous after a rescue diver died overnight. The team is located about 2.5 miles into the partially flooded cave complex, a 12-hour journey from the entrance. Officials say the diver, Samarn Kunan, succumbed to dropping oxygen levels inside the cave.
Man (through translator):
The conditions in the cave are tough. Samarn fell unconscious on his way back from where the boys are. His buddy tried to administer first aid, but he didn't respond. I can guarantee that we will not panic, we will not stop our mission, we won't let his life be in vain.
Rising water levels are also threatening the operation, with heavy rains expected this weekend.
In Southwest Syria, rebel forces agreed to surrender Daraa province after a punishing government offensive backed by Russian airstrikes. The Syrian military took control of the Nasib border crossing with Jordan, which the opposition had held for three years.
Meanwhile, the International Rescue Committee warned of a worsening refugee crisis; 330,000 people have fled their homes since the offensive began in June.
U.S. Representative Jim Jordan is facing a rising tide of accusations that he turned a blind eye to sexual abuse at Ohio State University. Five former wrestlers at the school have now come forward to say that Congressman Jordan knew about a team doctor's abuse when he was a coach there In the 1990s. The Republican lawmaker denies any knowledge of the incidents, and the president said yesterday that he believes him 100 percent.
In Indiana, top Republicans are calling on Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign after four women accused him of sexual harassment. The women, including a state representative, say that Hill groped them at an Indianapolis bar in March. Yesterday, Indiana's governor and two GOP Statehouse leaders said the Republican attorney general should step down. Hill has denied the allegations and refused to resign.
Across the Western U.S., bone-dry heat and strong winds are fueling some 60 wildfires. Authorities said that one person died in a fire in Hornbrook, California, near the Oregon border.
In Southwest Colorado, the third largest fire in state history is now 35 percent contained, but another near Aspen continued to spread, forcing more evacuations.
Governor John Hickenlooper toured the affected areas today.
Gov. John Hickenlooper:
When you get this many fires at one time, you obviously stretch your resources. And I think what we have been doing, and I think what we saw here in the last couple of days, was prioritizing those places where we have the greatest risk.
We have more resources active in this, in this state right now than I think — I would have to follow up — I think that we have ever had in history.
And to Wall Street today, where the Dow Jones industrial average gained 99 points to close at 24456. The Nasdaq rose 102 points, and the S&P 500 gained 23. For the week, the Dow gained less than 1 percent. The Nasdaq rose 2.5 percent. The S&P 500 rose 1.5 percent.
Still to come on the "NewsHour," consequences of the U.S. trade war with China; immigrants who have joined the military in limbo; President Trump makes light of the MeToo movement; and much more.