Trump put forward for Nobel Peace Prize

In for the win: Trump may win next year at the earliest. He could share the prize with Moon and Kim.

Does Donald Trump deserve the world’s greatest peace prize? He should be rewarded for his efforts to bring peace to Korea, says South Korea’s president. Unsurprisingly, Trump likes the idea.

What’s happening

If peace comes to the Korean peninsula, it may lead to a Nobel Peace Prize — for Donald Trump. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in surprised some when he suggested this week that the US president deserves the prestigious award. Trump plans to meet North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in a few weeks.

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The two Koreas are officially at war. Although they are not fighting, North Korea has often threatened to use its nuclear weapons on its neighbour. Many US presidents have tried, and failed, to calm tensions.

Last week saw a possible breakthrough. Moon and Kim met and made a historic promise to work toward denuclearisation. Hopes are running high for a diplomatic solution to Korea’s problems.

Until recently, Trump used harsh language toward North Korea. As he prepares to meet Kim, he is softening his tone. Yet North Korea has a history of breaking promises, and Trump warns that he could abandon negotiations if Kim does not seem serious about peace.

Four US presidents have won the Nobel prize, including Barack Obama. Should Trump join them?

Some say…

What a silly idea. Only a few months ago, Trump was boasting that he could “totally destroy” North Korea. This is the man who brags about the size of his nuclear button and trolls his enemies on Twitter. He is not a force for peace. In any case, the two Koreas have a long way to go before ending their war; it is far too early to hand out prizes.

Others think…

Wrong — a Nobel makes sense. Past US presidents played nice with North Korea, and got nowhere. According to the South Koreans, Trump’s threatening language scared Kim into negotiating. He has helped bring the two Koreas closer to peace than they have been in decades. He may have an aggressive style, but in the end, all that matters is the result.

You Decide

  1. Should the US get involved in other nations’ affairs?

Activities

  1. Choose a person (they do not have to be famous). Write a letter to the Nobel committee, explaining why you think that person deserves the peace prize.

Some People Say...

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”

George Washington

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Word Watch

Peninsula
A piece of land that sticks out into the sea.
Nobel Peace Prize
Launched in 1901, the prize is awarded every year. It can go to a person, a group of people or an organisation.
Prestigious
Highly respected.
Denuclearisation
The abolition of nuclear weapons.
Diplomatic
“Diplomacy” is the process by which nations manage their relationships and solve problems in peaceful ways.

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