News ID: 239013
Published: 0422 GMT February 17, 2019

Japan's PM nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on US request: Asahi

Japan's PM nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on US request: Asahi
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US President Donald Trump greets Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US, on September 26, 2018.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after receiving a request from the US government to do so, the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported on Sunday.

The report follows Trump’s claim on Friday that Abe had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize for opening talks and easing tensions with North Korea, Reuters reported.

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 Abe out 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 newspaper said, citing an unnamed Japanese government source.

 

   
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