Trump nominated for Peace Prize by Norway right-wing lawmakers

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

It did not take long for bookmakers to slash Donald Trump's odds of winning the Nobel Peace Prize in the wake of the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to someone "who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses", according to the prize's website.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said earlier this year that it had received 329 nominations for the 2018 award, the second-highest number to date.

Nominations for this year's prize also formally closed on February 1, before the summit was agreed.

Two Norwegian lawmakers - Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen - are behind the nomination.

Now that the Trump-Kim summit has come to a successful end, people have started guessing whether this breakthrough in relations between the United States and DPRK will bring its leaders the 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.

Asked afterward if he deserved the honor, Trump said: "Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it".

Last December, he wrote: "Trump is insulting Muslims on Twitter" and by contrast praised former President Barack Obama, who won the 2009 prize, as a statesman. In return, Trump promised to end "war games", or joint military exercises, with South Korea.

Trump's summit with Kim is the first time a US president had met face to face with a North Korean leader.

The meeting in Singapore culminated with the two leaders signing an agreement that commits the offering unspecified "security guarantees" for North Korea in exchange for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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