Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Norwegian Lawmakers Nominate President Trump for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian Lawmakers Nominate President Trump for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his historic efforts to stabilize the North Korean government.

Per-Willy Amundsen and Christian Tybring-Gjedde said Mr Trump took a "huge and important step" towards peace in the Korean Peninsular.

House Republicans in the USA have pushed the idea of Trump's nomination in recent months because of his work with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. Asked directly in May by a reporter if he deserved the Nobel, Mr Trump replied: "Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it". The Associated Press reports that Norwegian Nobel Committee itself will not publicly comment on who was nominated for the Nobel as such information is required to be kept secret for 50 years. Trump himself nearly pulled out of the summit in the weeks leading up to it.

"We will of course follow the development closely, but the fact that we have come this far is, in my opinion, worthy of a peace prize", he said. "A process is underway to ensure world peace in the future". Kim backed off in response to Trump's multiple demonstrations of US military power and resolve, and his toughening of economic sanctions against North Korea.

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The president has also come under bipartisan scrutiny for his announcement that the USA would be halting its "war games" exercises with South Korean while talks with Pyongyang are ongoing. The prizes are administered by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, appointed by Norway's parliament. Former President Obama oversaw a nation at war for the entirety of both of his terms, the LA Times reported, and during his two terms of office, the nation was responsible for dropping more military ordnance than any previous administration.

Henrik Urdal, director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, said nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula "would be a very significant achievement and the committee would have to consider it" for an award.

Early Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that there was no nuclear threat from North Korea following the summit.

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