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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