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Trump nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize

Two Norwegian lawmakers nominated the president for his efforts to denuclearize North Korea

Norwegian politicians have nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss nuclear disarmament.

The nomination came from two members of Norway’s Progress Party, which is the third largest political party in the country and is generally considered left of centre with libertarian leanings, according to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

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“What’s going on now is historic,” Progress Party member Per-Willy Amundsen told NRK. “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.

The nomination missed this years’ deadline for the prize, so Mr Trump’s nomination would only make him eligible for the award next year.

A record 330 people were nominated for the 2018 award.

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The prize — one of the most prestigious honours in the world — is open to leaders, academics, and researchers anywhere in the world.

Mr Trump’s nomination places him alongside other prominent nominees in the past, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Should he win, he would join his predecessor, Barack Obama, as a recipient of the honour.

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Mr Trump was in Singapore this week where he became the first sitting US president to meet with Mr Kim or anybody in his family, which has ruled over North Korea for decades.

The two countries parted way after a day of negotiations there, and Mr Trump has touted those efforts and a joint statement they produced as showing his deal making abilities and diplomatic prowess.

Just after the summit in Singapore, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo flew to South Korea to discuss the meetings that had been held with Mr Kim and his regime, and told reporters that there was a lot more discussed and loosely agreed to than was included in a joint statement following the summit.

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Mr Pompeo indicated that the two sides plan on re-engaging diplomatically soon, though it was not immediately clear when that would be.

The Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize nominations are not the first time that people have indicated Mr Trump should receive the honour for his work with North Korea.

The president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, and Republicans in Congress have also said they think the US president should be considered.

Source: independent