Abe Nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize at US Request

Abe Nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize at US Request

Abe Nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize at US Request

Trump's assertion Friday that Abe had nominated him for the honour and sent him a copy of the letter has raised questions and criticism in Japan.

"Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most handsome copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize".

A spokesman for Japan's Foreign Ministry said the ministry was aware of Trump's claim, but "would refrain from commenting on the interaction between the two leaders".

Sources within the Japanese government told The Asahi Shimbun that Abe nominated Trump for the prize around last autumn after the USA side requested the nomination from the Japanese leader.

Abe has sought to build rapport with Mr Trump, partly as Japan is struggling to make substantial progress in efforts to resolve the issue of North Korea's past abductions of Japanese nationals.

According to Nobel rules, "neither the names of nominators nor of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize may be divulged until 50 years have elapsed". I'll probably never get it.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula saw a significant improvement past year, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un boosting ties with Seoul and holding a historic summit with Trump in Singapore in June.

During the Diet session, Abe praised Trump's accomplishments.

"They gave it to Obama", Trump said.

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The government sent a letter of recommendation to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the wake of the first-ever US-North Korea summit, as revealed by Mr Trump on Friday, the officials said.

In Seoul, a spokesman for President Moon Jae-in was asked if the South Korean leader might have been the one to nominate Trump.

The list of people who can submit nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize includes heads of state, ministers and previous winners of the award.

"I highly praise President Trump's leadership", Abe said.

Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and 2018, but both documents were determined to have been "forged". The spokesman, Kim Eui-keum, said that as far as he knows, Moon hadn't done so.

The Nobel Committee chooses the recipient of the prize in early October by a majority vote and then announces that choice.

The request came months after the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12, according to the newspaper Asahi Shimbun. "None of the abduction, nuclear and missile issues were resolved", including those involving short- to medium-range ballistic missiles that are capable of directly hitting Japan, Tamaki said.

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

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