The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has proposed President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize at the urgent request of the US. Washington had done in Tokyo after Trump's first summit with the ruler Kim Jong Un of North Korea, or a nomination by Abe is possible, reported the Japanese newspaper "Asahi Shimbun" on Sunday. Abe officially proposed Trump, which he already boasted.
The newspaper relied on an unspecified source in the Japanese government. Trump had proudly reported Friday that he had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Abe sent him a copy of the five-page nomination letter to the Nobel Peace Commission, the US president said. In it, the Japanese prime minister recognized efforts to alleviate tensions with North Korea.
Abe told him that he had "sincerely proposed him in the name of Japan" for the Nobel Peace Prize, Trump told reporters at the White House. "I'll probably never get it, that's good," the US president said at the same time about his chances.
The US wants North Korea to leave its nuclear arsenal, which, among other things, threatens its American ally Japan. Trump and Kim had agreed on "denuclearization" during their first summit last June – but without clarifying what exactly it meant and how it could be achieved. A second summit is in Vietnam in a week and a half. (AFP)