South Korean President Moon Jae-in says President Trump deserves to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition for the “unprecedented achievement” of bringing peace to Korea.
“President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. What we need is only peace,” Moon told a cabinet meeting, according to a media release.
Unlike President Obama, who was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 before bombing seven countries and destabilizing entire regions, allowing terrorists to thrive, President Trump has actually created lasting change and delivered peace to one of the world’s most notorious hotspots.
Moon met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday, where the pair pledged to end hostilities and work toward the “complete denuclearization” at the first inter-Korean summit since 2007.
Business Insider report: Trump is expected to meet with Kim in May or early June, and has been in regular contact with Moon.
A number of circumstances aligned before Kim’s push for peace with the South, many of them offering plausible explanations for the apparent about-face.
Three include the crippling sanctions on North Korea which a peace deal could remove, the constant threat of military action from Trump, and the completion of the nuclear-missile program that provoked so much of the US’s ire.
While all these causes likely contribute to the renewed push for peace, Moon has firmly said for some time that he thinks Trump deserves “big credit” as the driving force behind the peace deal.
In January, Moon said Trump “deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks. It could be a resulting work of the US-led sanctions and pressure.”
“Developments in Korea are an example of how Trump could produce upside surprises a ‘normal’ president wouldn’t,” Business Insider’s Josh Barro wrote of the recent peace push from North Korea. “By looking risky, Trump may be inducing a de-risking by other world powers.”
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