Norwegian Lawmakers Nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

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     PEACE EFFORT Trump is determined to denucularise North Korea

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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, APA reported citing The Independent.

A group of 18 Republican lawmakers nominated Trump for the prize last month for his dealing with North Korea.

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

In the past seven days, the keywords "President Trump", "Kim Jong-un", and "Nobel Peace Prize" continue to trend upward in Google search queries.

And in a press conference after the document signing - the details of which were not released to Congress or USA allies ahead of time - President Trump said he had agreed to terminate joint military exercises with South Korea, which have been going on since the 1950s.

Mr Trump became the first U.S. president to meet a North Korean ruler when he flew last week to Singapore to hold one-on-one talks with Kim Jong-un.

Though the nomination might seem premature, Amundsen said, "it wouldn't be the first time the peace prize is awarded to someone in the midst of a process".

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In 2015, Nobel committee member Thorbjoern Jagland, a former Norwegian prime minister who heads the Council of Europe, tweeted: "Donald Trump you may have set the news agenda but at what cost?"

Past winners include former U.S. president Barack Obama and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

He was the second oldest person to assume the United States presidency when he took office in 2017.

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

Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen belong to Norway's right-leaning Progressive Party, which favors small government and low taxes, and they hold anti-immigration and anti-Muslim views.

Any member of a national assembly may submit nominations for consideration.

During the phone talks, Moon said Trump had achieved a great success in the summit, laying the foundation for peace not only on the Korean Peninsula but in the entire world.

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