US asked Japan to nominate Trump for Nobel peace prize – report

US government said to have sounded out PM Shinzo Abe after Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un last year

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Donald Trump greets Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at the White House in June 2018. Photograph: Pete Marovich/EPA

Source: The Guardian

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel peace prize late last year only after receiving a request from the US government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday.

The report follows Trump’s claim on Friday that Abe had nominated him for the coveted prize for opening talks and easing tensions with North Korea.

The Japanese leader had given him “the most beautiful copy” of a five-page nomination letter, Trump said at a White House news conference.

The US government had sounded out Abe over the Noble peace prize nomination after Trump’s summit in June last year with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president, the Asahi said, citing an unnamed Japanese government source.

A spokesman for Japan’s foreign ministry in Tokyo said the ministry was aware of Trump’s remarks, but “would refrain from commenting on the interaction between the two leaders”.

The White House had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters.

The Nobel Foundation’s website says a nomination for the Nobel peace prize may be submitted by any person who meets the nomination criteria, which includes current heads of state. Under the foundation’s rules, names and other information about unsuccessful nominations cannot be disclosed for 50 years.

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