Norwegian Lawmakers Nominate President Trump for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

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A group of Republican lawmakers has nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table - a stunning turnaround from past year, when Washington and Pyongyang found themselves locked in a bitter war of words and threats that some feared could lead to nuclear war.

The peace prize, first awarded in 1901, was endowed by the Swedish inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel.

Nominations for this year's prize also formally closed on February 1, before the summit was agreed.

The two lawmakers called Trump's actions regarding North Korea "historic", with the potential "to ensure world peace in the future" in statements to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

Amundsen nominated Trump along with his fellow Progress Party colleague Christian Tybring-Gjedde.

In this handout photograph provided by The Strait Times, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, is pictured with U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic summit on June 12, 2018, in Singapore. The deadline for this year's prize passed in January, so this nomination would make him eligible for next year.

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A group of 18 Republican lawmakers nominated Trump for the prize last month for his dealing with North Korea.

Asked afterward if he deserved the honor, Trump said: "Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it".

Former President Barack Obama earned the prize, as did Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

The North Korean situation has been rocky as it has unfolded, but there has been significant progress.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement on Tuesday pledging to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, though it's unclear what the timeline is for denuclearization and how the US will enforce it. In return, Trump promised to end "war games", or joint military exercises, with South Korea.