Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has dismiss to deny that he nominated US Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace prizes for his Efforts in Helping to ease tension with North Korea.
Speaking in the lower house of parliament Monday, Abe declined to comment on Trump’s Claim last Week that he had submitted the nomination to the Nobel Committee.
“I’m not saying that it is not the Fact, “Abe said add that the US President had been working to curb North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, and that he “highly” appreciated his leadership.
“I”ll continue to offer my utmost cooperation to President Trump to solve the North Korean nuclear and missile issues and the abduction issue, which is the most important … for Japan,” said Abe.
“With that in mind, as for the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee has decided not to disclose nominators and nominees for 50 years. I would like to refrain from commenting on it, based on that fact.”
A second summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is scheduled to be held on February 27 and 28 in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.
“Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize,’ Trump said.
“He said ‘I have nominated you, respectfully, on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize,” added Trump.
“You know why? Because he had rocket ships and he had missiles flying over Japan,” Trump said. “They feel safe. I did that.”
In 2019, there are highest no. of nominations for the prize must be received by February 1. There are 304 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to the organization
Abe has been one of Trump’s most stalwart allies in the two years since he took office, and was the first world leader to meet the newly inaugurated President.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in also suggested at the time that the US leader would be a worthy recipient. But a presidential spokesperson said Monday that Moon had not nominated him, nor had any plan to personally nominate Trump in the future.
However, the spokesperson said that Moon “thinks that President Trump is more than eligible for the Nobel Peace Prize” because of his contribution to bringing peace to the Korean peninsula.
Nobel prizes are usually announced in October but awarded annually on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, who gives his name to the awards.
If Trump were indeed nominated by Abe and went on to win the award, he’d be the fifth American president to do so. The award was presented to his predecessor, Barack Obama, in 2009, shortly after he took office.