Former President Jimmy Carter said he would endorse a Nobel Peace Prize for President Trump Tuesday if all goes well with North Korean peace talks.
“If President Trump is successful in getting a peace treaty that is acceptable to both sides with North Korea, I think he certainly ought to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Carter told Politico.
Carter took aim at Trump’s morals and truthfulness, saying, “I’m not here to criticize, but I think that, you know, telling the truth is one of the basic moral values that’s important,” and added, “obeying the law is an oath that all of us take before we assume public office.”
Carter also said that the U.S. has withheld potentially helpful aid from North Koreans, especially in aiding them with food supplies.
“If they’re under constant belief that the United States wants to attack them, even using nuclear weapons — which many Democrats and Republican leaders in our country have mentioned as a possibility,” Carter said, “and that we are destroying their economy, and they know that they’re starving to death primarily because the United States withholds food aid, for instance, just giving them surplus food that we can’t ever use, then I can understand how they feel.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has recently met with Kim Jong Un twice, and earlier in May, Pompeo brought home three Americans held in a North Korean prison. They first landed in Alaska, and Trump met them as they landed in Washington, D.C. The peace negotiations between North Korea and South Korea with the U.S. as an intermediary has recently slowed and almost backfired as North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un threatened to withdraw from an upcoming summit with President Trump over U.S. military activity in South Korea.
“I think that the next mediator, next negotiator — maybe President Trump, I hope — will reassure them that we’re willing to give up some of those things — the threat of attack on them and to lift the embargo. That would be a cheap price, in my opinion, to pay for a cessation of their nuclear program,” Carter said of U.S. negotiations with North Korea.
Mixed reports from North Korean state media have alleged that Kim Jong Un is willing to denuclearize, only later to say he is not willing to denuclearize, providing a fickle display of diplomacy by the North Koreans.
“I think it would be a worthy and a momentous accomplishment that no previous president has been able to realize,” Carter said of Trump’s potential to received a Nobel Peace Prize.
Though Kim Jong Un threatened not to meet with Trump for peace talks, the date is still set for a meeting between the two on June 12th in Singapore.
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