President Donald Trump has claimed that Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, has written a “beautiful” letter nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize for opening a dialogue with North Korea.
Mr Trump made the assertion during a press conference at the White House on Friday in response to a question about his expectations of a second summit with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, in Vietnam in late February.
Mr Abe gave him “the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize”, Mr Trump said. “He said, ‘I have nominated you, respectfully, on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize’ “.
The Japanese government has not confirmed the president’s claim and the Prime Minister’s Office was not able to comment on Sunday. The Nobel committee has similarly not responded to the president’s comments.
Mr Trump said that his early interactions with the North Korean leader been filled with “fire and fury”, but that the two leaders had got past that stage and had developed a good relationship since their initial summit in Singapore last year.