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GOP Lawmakers Nominate Trump For Nobel Peace Prize Months After Bringing World To Brink Of Nuclear War

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GOP Lawmakers Nominate Trump For Nobel Peace Prize Months After Bringing World To Brink Of Nuclear War




Months after President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric aimed at North Korea pushed the US and the communist dictatorship to the brink of nuclear war, a group of 18 House Republicans formally nominated President for a Nobel Peace Prize, praising his “tireless” work to “apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons program and bring peace to the region.”

In a letter sent Wednesday to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the lawmakers said: “Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons program 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,” they added.

Messer announced last week that he planned to nominate Trump for the prize following a landmark meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

In that meeting, North and South Korean leaders signed a declaration committing to work for “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” and to formally bring an end to the decades-long Korean War.



Earlier this month, North Korea agreed to stop its nuclear and missile tests ahead of an upcoming meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Last October, North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho fired back at Trump’s “insane” speech at the United Nations mocking Kim Jong Un, warning that the score would be settled with a “hail of fire.”

“By his belligerent and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, so to say, lighted the fuse of war against us,” Ri Yong Ho told Russia’s state-run news agency TASS at the time.

“We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words.”

Trump had dubbed Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” and warned that the US may be forced to “totally destroy” the rogue nation.

“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” Trump said. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission.”




Trump had repeatedly suggested military action was the only solution to the North’s belligerence and growing nuclear weapons and missile program.

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of US negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!” he tweeted at the time.

“Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing. Policy didn’t work!” he added in another tweet.

Messer first announced last week that he planned to nominate Trump for the prize, after a landmark meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

In that meeting, the leaders of the rival Koreas agreed to work toward eliminating nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula, and said they would enter into talks with the U.S. to formally end the Korean War.

Active fighting in the Korean War ended with an armistice in 1953. But a formal peace treaty was never signed, leaving the two countries in a perpetual state of war for decades.

Trump is set to meet with Kim at the end of May or sometime in June, marking the first such encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader in history.

North Korea has agreed to cease its tests of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles ahead of the meeting, and recently announced that it would shutter a nuclear site in the northern part of the country as a show of good faith.

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