US President Trump Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize For Denuclearisation Of Korean Peninsula

| June 15 , 2018 , 12:54 IST

Calls for a Nobel Peace Prize for US President Donald Trump have been floating informally since April this year, however, a day after the historic Singapore Summit between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and Trump, two Norwegian lawmakers have officially nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.

According to reports on Friday, US President Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for next year by two members of Norway's Progress Party since the deadline for this year's Peace Prize passed in January.

“What’s going on now is historic,” Progress Party member Per-Willy Amundsen told state broadcaster NRK, regarding the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

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“A process is underway to ensure world peace in the future. It’s a fragile process, but we must of course do what we can to help this process bring good results,” Amundsen said.

The Nobel Committee in Oslo generally receives hundreds of nominations every year, with lawmakers, academics and researchers from around the world being eligible for the esteemed award. This year, a record 330 people have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Although the Norwegian Nobel committee is appointed by the parliament, its decisions are independent of the nation's politics. Last year's Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, while former winners include U.S. President Barack Obama and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Donald Trump Junior, the son of US President floated the idea of a Nobel Peace Prize for President Trump in April this year when North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un met with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the first indication of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

While it was with a South Korean delegation that Kim Jong-Un first opened to the possibility of denuclearisation, US President Trump's heavy sanctions and negotiations have been credited for convincing North Korea to end its controversial nuclear programme.