Japanese PM Shinzo Abe nominated Donald Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on US request, claims report

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after receiving a request from the US government to do so

Reuters February 17, 2019 12:02:37 IST
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe nominated Donald Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on US request, claims report
  • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn

  • Trump claimed Abe had nominated him for opening talks and easing tensions with North Korea

  • The Japanese leader had given him ‘the most beautiful copy’ of a five-page nomination letter

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after receiving a request from the US government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday.

The report follows Trump’s claim on Friday that Abe had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize for opening talks and easing tensions with North Korea.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe nominated Donald Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on US request claims report

File image of Donald Trump Shinzo Abe. Reuters

The Japanese leader had given him “the most beautiful copy” of a five-page nomination letter, Trump said at a White House news conference.

The U. government had sounded Abe out over the Noble Peace Prize nomination after Trump’s summit in June last year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president, the Asahi said, citing an unnamed Japanese government source.

A spokesman for Japan’s Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said the ministry was aware of Trump’s remarks, but “would refrain from commenting on the interaction between the two leaders.”

The White House had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters.

The Nobel Foundation’s website says a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize may be submitted by any person who meets the nomination criteria, which includes current heads of states. Under the foundation’s rules, names and other information about unsuccessful nominations cannot be disclosed for 50 years.

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