Norwegian lawmakers nominate President Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

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While many have slammed the historic agreement as non-binding or too unspecific, the two Progress Party MPs argued the nomination wasn't at all premature.

A pair of Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after he signed an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday to work towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Trump was nominated by two right-wing members of Norway's Progress Party, which advocates for limited immigration and lower taxes.

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five awards created by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.

A group of 18 Republican lawmakers nominated Trump for the prize last month for his dealing with North Korea.

The two lawmakers called Trump's actions regarding North Korea "historic", with the potential "to ensure world peace in the future" in statements to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

The nomination is for the 2019 prize, because nominations for this year closed in January.

Though the nomination might seem premature, Amundsen said, "it wouldn't be the first time the peace prize is awarded to someone in the midst of a process".

Donald Trump, who on Tuesday became the first sitting US president to meet with a North Korean leader, has been nominated as a candidate for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Nobels in economics, literature, physics and medicine are awarded in Sweden. "It's a fragile process, but we must, of course, do what we can to help this process bring good results". The Associated Press reports that Norwegian Nobel Committee itself will not publicly comment on who was nominated for the Nobel as such information is required to be kept secret for 50 years. The worldwide community ratcheted up economic sanctions at the time as North Korea launched several intercontinental ballistic missiles and tested their most powerful nuclear weapon.

Past winners include former USA president Barack Obama and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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