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Bookmakers raise Trump's chances of winning Nobel after Kim summit

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Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2018, 06:56

A group of Republican lawmakers has nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table - a stunning turnaround from a year ago, when Washington and Pyongyang found themselves locked in a bitter war of words and threats that some feared could lead to nuclear war.

Two Norwegian lawmakers - Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen - are behind the nomination.

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.

Deculearization talks with North Korea have only just begun, and experts say a long and complicated process is still ahead, but President Trump is celebrating the historic meeting.

Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee before February 1.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in April that Trump deserved the prize.

The peace prize, first awarded in 1901, was endowed by the Swedish inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel.

How the Hill Reacted to the Trump-Kim Summit
Last year's talking point was that Trump, with his "fire and fury" talk, was leading the US into a nuclear war with North Korea. And after Trump made a fat joke and showed Kim the inside of his limo, they signed their "historish agreement", he said .

While Trump is getting praise from many sides for his efforts in North Korea, the news coverage by left-leaning media outlets has been heavily critical of his efforts. "Divisive and irresponsible from a presidential hopeful".

The last American to win the prize was former President Barack Obama, who won in 2009.

Ladbrokes increased Trump's chances of winning the prize, either alone or jointly, from 10/1 to 6/4 in the wake of the summit.

Syse told Reuters that his writings as a political philosopher and commentator "should in no way be read as comments pertaining to the prize or to our process in what is a five-person committee".

Asle Toje, appointed to the committee this year, wrote an opinion piece in a Norwegian newspaper in 2017 telling Norwegians they were too negative toward Trump.

He declined to comment on Tuesday.