Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize World News

Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize World News

Donald Trump, who on Tuesday became the first sitting USA president to meet with a North Korean leader, has been nominated as a candidate for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

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 prize would be next year's because the deadline for this year has already passed. Trump was nominated by two right-wing members of Norway's Progress Party, which advocates for limited immigration and lower taxes.

Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen, lawmakers with the populist Progress Party, told Norwegian news agency NTB overnight that Trump "had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea".

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.

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Norwegian broadcaster NPK reports that Tybring-Gjedde considers this nomination "a nudge to make Donald Trump finish what he's started". 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 also praised the North Korean leader during the summit and vowed to meet with him again "many times". They argued that President Trump had already earned this distinction due to his efforts to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.

Trump's summit with Kim is the first time a US president had met face to face with a North Korean leader. The worldwide community ratcheted up economic sanctions at the time as North Korea launched several intercontinental ballistic missiles and tested their most powerful nuclear weapon.

Mr Pompeo has also said sanctions on North Korea will not be eased until the country has denuclearised.

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