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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

South Korean president proposes Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize

Por Rory

The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, believes that his US counterpart, Donald Trump, "should win the Nobel Peace Prize" for his efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula and achieve denuclearization. "We only need peace," Moon told his government, according to a spokesman for his office that has spoken to the media and revealed the South Korean president's support for his prestigious award to his American ally.

If he achieves the Nobel Prize, Trump would join the list of presidents of the United States in obtaining it. In 2009, his predecessor, Barack Obama, was recognized with the award less than two years after coming to the White House and became the first president in office to do so since Woodrow Wilson in 1919. In the opinion of Moon, Trump "deserves a big recognition for achieving inter-Korean talks", of which on Friday saw a first chapter with the meeting between the president of South Korea and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un . "It could be the result of the sanctions that the United States has promoted and the pressure," he added. Trump also plans to meet Kim in late May or early June, at an unprecedented summit for which neither the exact date nor the location have yet been set. The American leader applauded Friday's meeting and celebrated that "the Korean war will end" with the announced signing of a peace treaty.

But the South Korean president has not been the only one to ask for the Nobel Peace Prize for Trump. One of the first was the Eurasia Group president, Ian Bremmer, a regular critic of the tycoon who this Friday could not but praise him: The "priority and pressure" that the president has given to the issue has acted as a key catalyst of the Koreas agreement to seek denuclearization. Bremmer, founder of the political risk consulting and research firm based in New York, said on Twitter that the United States had won China to intensify sanctions, which led North Korea to the negotiating table. "Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would get his vote" for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In his first tweet on Friday, Republican Senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, one of the leaders of the ruling party, said Trump "convinced North Korea and China that he was serious about the change. We have not arrived yet, but if this happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize," he added. For several days now, the columnists of the Fox network, the president's favorite channel and the one that offers the closest coverage, are asking the president to be considered for the award granted by Norway. Also Laura Ingraham, a renowned conservative analyst and host of a radio program has asked for the award for Trump, in contrast to the one won by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2009. "When will we see the headline: ‘Trump ends the Korean War? ’ Unlike Obama, he really deserves the Nobel Peace Prize," the journalist said. The same has happened in Congress, where some lawmakers believe that Trump was key to moving the Asian board and social networks, where they have not lacked the usual jokes. Donald Trump was nominated for the first time to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 when he was still only a presidential candidate. A year later, he was again proposed to win this award, which is presented each December at the Oslo City Hall.