Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize World News
Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize World News
FIST OF VICTORY Donald Trump boards Air Force One after his summit with Kim Jong-un
14 June, 2018, 07:00
A group of Republican lawmakers has nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table - a stunning turnaround from previous year, when Washington and Pyongyang found themselves locked in a bitter war of words and threats that some feared could lead to nuclear war.
The process of consideration for the award takes place in Norway.
But before placing your bets, you may want to read what some members of the five-strong Norwegian Nobel Committee, which chooses the victor of the $1 million prize each October, have written about the USA president in the past.
Nominations for this year's prize also formally closed on February 1, before the summit was agreed.
The Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Trump were Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen of the country's right-leaning Progress Party, which advocates for limited immigration and shrinking the size of government.
A group of USA lawmakers also are backing Trump's nomination for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
Some Republicans have floated Trump's name for the Nobel Prize in recent months as he worked towards negotiations with North Korea.
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in April that Trump deserved the prize.
A group of US lawmakers recently announced that they had also nominated Trump.
The most recent Americans to win the Peace Prize were then-President Obama in 2009 and former Vice President Al Gore in 2007.
The meeting in Singapore culminated with the two leaders signing an agreement that commits the U.S.to offering unspecified "security guarantees" for North Korea in exchange for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. So while Trump and Kim could be among the 330 nominees for 2018, an award linked to North Korea may be more likely in 2019.
Trump has been cited as a possible nominee since Kim ended a series of provocative threats and missile tests a year ago.
2017 prize went to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
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We're hopeful that we can achieve that in the two and half years", he said, adding that there is "a lot of work left to do". Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to slam the media for its insistence that the USA gave up too much in its deal with Kim.
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