Finally, it has been confirmed that the US president, Donald Trump, is among the 304 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize awarded by the Norwegian Parliament after speculation about whether the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, had presented the proposal or not. Definitely it was not Abe who presented the initiative to the committee, but two conservative Norwegian deputies.
“We have nominated him for progress on the Korean peninsula,” Deputy Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice with Prime Minister Erna Solberg (2016-2018), one of the authors of the proposal, told Reuters. “It has been a very difficult situation and the tension has been lowered since then largely due to Trump’s unconventional diplomatic style,” he added.
Admunsen presented the proposal together with the deputy of the Party of Progress (right) Christian Tybring-Gjedde before the deadline ended on January 31.
Tybring-Gjedde has also confirmed the nomination. “Obviously the prize will depend on the negotiations leading to a credible disarmament agreement,” he said.
In fact, the proposal was raised in a letter sent in June, immediately after the meeting in Singapore between Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.
The controversy arose after Trump said at a press conference on Friday that Abe had given him “the most beautiful copy” of a letter of nomination sent to the Nobel Committee by the Japanese president. However, Abe did not want to confirm whether or not he sent this letter.
The right to present candidates is reserved for professors of History, Social Sciences or Law; elected representatives with the rank of deputy, minister, prime minister or head of state and former recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, among other precepts.
The prize will be announced on October 11, but, as is tradition, the Nobel committee of the Norwegian Parliament will not disclose the candidates. In fact, the commitment is not to know the candidates or those who propose them until 50 years after the award of the prize. However, it has confirmed that there are 304 candidates this year, including 219 individuals and 85 organizations.