President Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Following North Korea Summit


A group of Republican lawmakers has nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table - a stunning turnaround from a year ago, when Washington and Pyongyang found themselves locked in a bitter war of words and threats that some feared could lead to nuclear war.

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.

Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee before February 1. It is unclear whether he was nominated for this year's prize.

Two Norwegian lawmakers - Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen - are behind the nomination. Two lawmakers from Norway nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after the meeting.

A few suggested a less "mainstream" option for the next Nobel Prize victor, recalling Dennis Rodman's efforts in establishing the dialogue between the United States and North Korea.

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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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also said in April that Trump is worthy of the Nobel prize for jump-starting the peace talks with North Korea.

Trump's summit with Kim is the first time a US president had met face to face with a North Korean leader. Last year's victor was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Former recipients have included Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, and Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.