Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

No need for Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

No need for Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wouldn't say Monday whether he nominated President Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating with North Korea, even though local media reports suggest that he did.

"With that in mind, as for the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee has decided not to disclose nominators and nominees for 50 years".

Trump said Friday that Abe had nominated him, sending him a "beautiful copy" of a letter sent to the committee.

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The Asahi Shimbun cited an unnamed government source as saying the nomination came in response to an "unofficial" US request, made after last year's summit in Singapore. "North Korea summit talks", he said.

When asked by lawmakers in parliament about the various claims, Abe responded, "I never said I didn't" nominate him, according to Associated Press in Tokyo. It said 219 are individuals and 85 are organizations.

The deadline each year for Nobel Peace Prize nominations is midnight, January 31.

During a parliamentary committee session Monday, Mr Abe stated, "I'm not saying that it's not true".

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The US is Japan's ally and anchor for national defense and Abe has assiduously cultivated cordial ties with Trump.

Mr Trump complained on Friday that Mr Obama was there "for about 15 seconds" before he was awarded the prize.

The Japanese leader's efforts have included many summit meetings and teleconferences with the US president, pledges to buy expensive weapon systems produced by USA firms and even a red-carpet reception for Ivanka Trump when she visited Japan in November 2017.

Akira Kawasaki, a steering committee member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, said he "feels some doubt" about whether Mr Trump's diplomatic and domestic policies could meet the conditions for the prize.

The request came months after the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12, according to the newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

That comes a day after Trump spoke about being nominated, saying Abe had put him forward over the North Korea summit.

Kim Eui-kyeom, Mr Moon's spokesman, said he believed Mr Trump "has sufficient qualifications to win the Nobel Peace Prize" for his work toward peace between North and South Korea, which have yet to sign a peace treaty after their 1950-53 war.

Last year's prize was jointly awarded to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad.

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