Japan's Shinzo Abe nominated Trump for Nobel after U.S. request

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White House nudged Japanese PM Abe to nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize: report

President Donald Trump's government reportedly asked Japan's Prime Minister to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize a year ago.

Pushed again to confirm or deny the report, he added: "I am not saying it's not true". A nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize may be submitted by any persons who are qualified to nominate. He said, "I thus decline comment". Trump quoted Abe as writing, "I have nominated you, respectfully, on behalf of Japan".

The U.S. government had sounded Abe out over the Noble Peace Prize nomination after Trump's summit in June previous year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president, the Asahi said, citing an unnamed Japanese government source.

Mr Trump, a Republican, capped off a rambling Rose Garden news conference with a well-oiled gripe that former Democratic President Barack Obama, a nemesis, won the Nobel Prize in 2009, just months into his first term in office.

There are 304 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 out of whom 219 are individuals and 85 are organizations. The submission deadline was January 31.

Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and 2018, but both documents were determined to have been "forged".

Abe has been one of Trump's most stalwart allies in the two years since he took office, and was the first world leader to meet the newly inaugurated President.

"(The president) responded to North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles problem in a decisive manner and held the historic U.S. He said, "Oh, what did I get it for?"' "He said, 'Oh, what did I get it for?' With me, I probably will never get it". But if you look at Idlib Province in Syria, I stopped the slaughter of perhaps 3 million people.

"Nothing has been resolved".

Japan has chose to introduce the weapons systems - estimated to cost about ¥600 billion in total - citing the "imminent threat" of North Korean ballistic missiles.

The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported Sunday that Abe had indeed written a five-page letter recommending Trump to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, but had done so only after the United States administration had "informally" asked for it following Trump's summit with Kim in Singapore in June.

The report came after Trump's claim on Friday, February 15, that Abe had nominated him for the prize.

"North Korea summit", the prime minister said. "They feel safe. I did that".

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