Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

US President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore Delingpole Trump Just Became the Nobel Peace Prize Committee’s Worst Nightmare SAUL LOEB AFP Getty 12 Jun 2018
Patty Aguilar | 14 June, 2018, 21:22

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with Trump for a summit Tuesday in Singapore, where they signed an agreement to work together towards peace and denuclearization.

The process of considering candidates and awarding the Nobel Peace Prize is done in Norway.

Christian Tybring-Gjedde, an MP, and former justice minister Per-Willy Amundsen said Mr Trump "had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea".

While the Norwegian Nobel committee is appointed by parliament, its decisions are independent.

In this handout photograph provided by The Strait Times, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, is pictured with U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic summit on June 12, 2018, in Singapore.

Politicians, academics, former peace laureates, directors of peace research institutes and current and former members of the Nobel Committee are among those who have the right to propose candidates. It is unclear whether he was nominated for this year's prize.

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Trump himself has mused about earning the Nobel saying "everyone thinks so, but I would never say it", when asked about the possibility of the prize last month.

President Barack Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, is the most recent American recipient. Trump himself nearly pulled out of the summit in the weeks leading up to it.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee's vice-chair, Henrik Syse, wrote in a blog in December, 2016, that: "President-elect Donald Trump has, with his rhetoric, lowered the threshold for moral decency so far it is downright scary". The prize would be next year's because the deadline for this year has already passed. His headline: "Trump is no Hitler".

The process of consideration for the award takes place in Norway.

The UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson said in May that Donald Trump deserves to be in the running for the honour if he can "fix" North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal.

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