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US taking undue credit for Korean deal

Who deserves credit for this momentous meeting and the push toward peace? Donald Trump, says South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.

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On Friday, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in came together for a historic meeting that resulted in a once-unimaginable pledge: The two nations will work to officially end the Korean War and denuclearize the peninsula.

 

Ironically, Trump and Kim are currently the favorites to win the prize

 

Who deserves credit for this momentous meeting and the push toward peace? Donald Trump, says South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha. “He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one,” she recently told CNN.

And he may soon have a Nobel Peace Prize to show for it. Trump and Kim are currently the favorites to win the prize, according to one British oddsmaker, and some of Trump’s aides are telling reporters that a lasting thaw between North and South Korea should win Trump the award.

 

A Russian senator has described calls to award Donald Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the Korean peace deal as an attempt by the US to take credit for the resolution of a conflict that it had been stoking for decades.

“I see this as an attempt to make the United States an exceptional and only contributor to the ‘Korean turnaround.’ Of course this is not true. If the US has ever played any exceptional role it was their role in provoking tensions on the Korean peninsula and constant provocations aimed against DPRK,” the Chair of the Russian Upper House Committee for International Relations Senator Konstantin Kosachev told TASS on Saturday.

Kosachev added that he was convinced that the North Korean nuclear program had been launched as a reply to numerous hostile actions by the US and that the latest news of looming settlement were a result of a collective effort by many nations, including significant contributions from Russia and China.

Kosachev also noted that the proposed nomination of Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize was akin handing the award to Barack Obama in 2009.

 

The Russian senator’s statement came soon after US Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted that US President Donald Trump should receive the Nobel Peace Prize if he manages to successfully negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Donald Trump convinced North Korea and China he was serious about bringing about change. We’re not there yet, but if this happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize,” Graham tweeted.

28 Apr 2018

 

 

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