A pair of Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in reaching an agreement to work toward de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
The nomination, reported by Norway’s state broadcaster NRK, comes a little more than a month after a group of House Republicans sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee formally requesting that the president get nominated for the highly coveted prize.
The lawmakers told their local media that Trump has “taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace, and reconciliation between North and South Korea.”
“What’s going on now is historic,” Progress Party member Per-Willy Amundsen told NRK. “A process is underway to ensure world peace in the future. It’s a fragile process, but we must, of course, do what we can to help this process bring good results. I think that we can do by sending a clear signal by giving Trump the peace prize.”
During the historic summit, Trump and Kim signed a brief document committing the U.S. to unspecified security guarantees for North Korea in exchange for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The deadline for this year’s prize passed in January, so this nomination would make him eligible for next year. It is unclear whether he was nominated for this year’s prize.
While even Trump himself has expressed some reservations about whether the talks will ultimately be successful, the Norwegian MPs said that it is not without precedent to award a prize when a process is still underway.
“It would not be the first time you give the peace prize to someone involved in a process. It has happened before,” Amundsen said, according to NRK.
The Nobel committee notes that one of the categories of people eligible to nominate individuals are “Members of national assemblies and national governments (cabinet members/ministers) of sovereign states as well as current heads of states.” Currently there are “330 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 out of which 216 are individuals and 114 are organizations.”