North Korean nuclear test reverberates on the campaign trail

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LISA DESJARDINS:  The North Korea news forced both American candidates to respond, Hillary Clinton after meeting with a national security panel in New York.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee:  We are not going to let North Korea pursue a nuclear weapon with the ballistic missile capacity to deliver it to the United States territory.  That is absolutely a bottom line.

LISA DESJARDINS:  Donald Trump argued it’s another of what he says were Clinton’s catastrophic’s failures.  He spoke at the Values Voter Summit in Washington.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee:  Just today, it was announced that North Korea performed its fifth nuclear test, its fourth since Hillary Clinton became secretary of state.  It’s just one more massive failure from a failed secretary of state.

LISA DESJARDINS:  The Republican hit on a different foreign policy issue last night, when he spoke to Larry king on R.T., a news channel run by the Russian government.

LARRY KING:  U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies reportedly are investigating whether Russia launched a covert operation to disrupt the 2016 election.  What do you make of that?

DONALD TRUMP:  I think it’s probably unlikely.  I think maybe — maybe the Democrats are putting that out.  Who knows?

LISA DESJARDINS:  Trump’s campaign said later he didn’t mean to go on Russian state TV.

KELLYANNE CONWAY, Trump Campaign Manager:  He actually did an interview with Larry King, and he said he was doing it for his podcast; he didn’t know it would be on Russia TV.

LISA DESJARDINS:  Meanwhile, Clinton in Kansas City last night signaled a shift in tone away from Trump attacks, and toward her personal side, addressing the National Baptist Convention.

HILLARY CLINTON:  I still remember my late father, a gruff former Navy man on his knees praying by his bed every night.  That made a big impression on me as a young girl, seeing him humble himself before God.

LISA DESJARDINS:  This going-positive push is multimedia, including this new TV ad stressing her message.

HILLARY CLINTON:  We have got to bring people together.

LISA DESJARDINS:  Candidates and voters will take a break this weekend.  Both Trump and Clinton have agreed to suspend campaigning Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of September 11.

For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Lisa Desjardins.

 JUDY WOODRUFF:  Also today, early voting began in North Carolina, the first of 37 states that allow the practice.

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