DONALD Trump’s birthday celebrations set off to a flying start as he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The US President was commended for taking a “huge and important step” for peace, initiating a historic meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
Reuters Donald Trump has been nominated for The Nobel Peace Prize 2018
Two politicians from Norway nominated Trump for the 2019 prize, the nation where the process for considering and awarding candidates takes place.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde and former justice minister Per-Willy Amundsen said Trump “had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea.”
A group of US lawmakers have also backed Trump’s nomination for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
But the committee cannot reveal who has been nominated for 2018, so it is unclear whether Trump is in the running for this years prize.
Reuters Kim Jong-un rubs shoulders with Trump at Singapore’s plush Capella Hotel
AP:Associated Press Kim Jong Un and Trump sign documents after their meetings
AFP The pair firmly shook hands at the end of their historic summit in Singapore
Nominations for this year’s prize also formally closed on February 1, before the summit was agreed, leading some to believe a nomination may be more likely in 2019.
After enjoying a three-course menu on Tuesday, Trump and Jong-un pledged to establish a new relationship.
Mr Kim promised to “complete the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.
The pair signed a joint document which laid out four broad commitments.
It said both sides “commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”
Kim Jong-un’s sanctions WON’T be lifted until North Korea proves complete denuclearisation, says US – despite Pyongyang’s claims
Following the historic summit in Singapore on June 12, Donald Trump said America and the world could “sleep well”.
Trump insisted his summit had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea, deemed the world’s “biggest and most dangerous problem”.
In return, Trump said the US will stop provocative military exercises with South Korea.
But experts remained sceptical, claiming the joint agreement lacked detail on how Mr Kim would begin the de-nuclearisation process.
Adamant to ensure Mr Kim follows his promise, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with top South Korean and Japanese officials.
Speaking in Seoul, Mr Pompeo said: “We’re going to get de-nuclearsiation. Only then will there be relief from the sanctions.”
He later said the US remained “committed to achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea”.
After his meeting with Mr Kim, Trump said he looked forward to removing the sanctions when it was clear they were “down the road” and “nukes are no longer a factor”. But it was clear what that meant exactly.
North Korea’s state media praised the meeting as victorious, with photos of Kim standing side-by-side with Trump on the world stage splashed across newspapers in Pyongyang.
Almost 48 hours after the summit, North Koreans were treated to official footage of Kim’s trip to Singapore.