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Two lawmakers from the extreme right-wing Progress Party of Norway (FrP) nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, following his meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “What is happening now is historic, I think we can send a clear signal and give Trump the Nobel Peace Prize,” Per-Willy Amundsen told NRK radio today (13.06.2018).
Trump was already nominated for the prestigious award for the first time in 2016, when he was still a presidential candidate. Earlier this year he was nominated again, but the Nobel Institute in Oslo dismissed the proposal on suspicion that it was false. Only a select circle of deputies, professors and directors of relevant organizations have the power to nominate Nobel candidates.
The US president was already nominated by members of his own party for next year’s Nobel Peace Prize, as a group of Republicans sent a letter to the Oslo committee a month ago, highlighting their efforts to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. In May, Trump himself said he did not want any Nobel Peace Prize for his initiative for North Korea.