by Christopher Paslay
Trump’s historic work to end North Korea’s illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region is worthy of a Nobel Prize.
Earlier today, Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit North Korea. He made history by stepping across the border during a meeting at the demilitarized zone with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump shook hands with Kim at the Panmunjom border village, and the two men walked across the military demarcation line separating the two Koreas.
“Good to see you again,” Kim told Trump. “I never expected to see you in this place.”
“Stepping across that line was a great honor,” Trump said.
Trump’s efforts at getting Kim to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons has been ongoing, and although he’s had limited success, many lawmakers believe Trump’s done more on the issue in the last 18 months than Obama did in eight years.
“President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. What we need is only peace,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in said last year, referring to Trump’s efforts to end the standoff with North Korea.
Former President Jimmy Carter agrees.
“If President Trump is successful in getting a peace treaty that’s acceptable to both sides with North Korea, I think he certainly ought to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Carter told the American press. “I think it would be a worthy and a momentous accomplishment that no previous president has been able to realize.”
Trump’s official nomination for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has already been made. According to the AP:
Two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen, lawmakers with the populist Progress Party, told Norwegian news agency NTB on Wednesday that Trump “had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea.”
A group of 18 members of Congress — all Republicans — sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, nominating Trump to receive the award for his work to “end the Korean War, denuclearize the Korean peninsula, and bring peace to the region.”
They officially wrote:
Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region. His Administration successfully united the international community, including China, to impose one of the most successful international sanctions regimes in history. The sanctions decimated the North Korean economy and have been largely credited for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table.
There are a total of 301 candidates nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize – 223 are individuals and 78 are organizations. The winner will be announced Friday, October 11.
“If President Obama received a Nobel Prize for nearly nothing,” said Harry J. Kazianis, director of Korean Studies at the Center for the National Interest, “then I think there is only one obvious thing to do, and that’s to make sure Donald Trump receives the award as well.”
I couldn’t agree more.