Who wants to win the Nobel Peace Prize?

It is now just after 12 June 2018 midnight in Singapore. In the next few hours, Trump and Kim will start the rounds of negotiation between US and North Korea. Depending on our perspectives, the title of this article can either be “Who wants to win the Nobel Peace Prize” or “Why Trump can get North Korea to completely de-nuclearise before the end of 2018”.

Let’s see who deserve the Nobel Prize. This idea was first mooted by South Korean President Moon who suggested that Trump deserved the Nobel Prize for initiating the peace treaty with North Korea. Nonetheless, this is not exactly a good reason as everybody can see how Trump and Kim had exchanged various forms of insults like two young boys fighting over toys. Trump did not initiate any peace treaty with Kim. If anything, Trump was just being at the correct place and at the correct time. In any case, Trump was known to create tensions by restricting Muslims into US, moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and antagonising Europe using protectionism trade tariffs. He is too far away from any serious considerations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In fact, Moon is a more serious contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. After all, Moon made the first move to open up to North Korea, invited North Korea to participate in the Winter Olympics and eventually meet up with both Kim and his sister. Unfortunately, despite all these initiatives made by Moon, all the efforts gone to nought as Kim simply refused to budge and continued one nuclear test after another. In short, Moon’s attempts were as fruitful as teaching a snake to walk on four legs. Having said that, I personally respect Moon for his efforts to extend friendship to North Korea and to ease off the tensions between the two countries.

The key person that finally gets Kim to the negotiation table is China President Xi. In hindsight, Xi probably demanded Kim to meet him in China, where Xi expressed his unhappiness that Kim’s antagonising ways have given US and South Korea legitimate reasons to commence the installation of the THAAD system in South Korea. Xi is worried that the THAAD system can spy into China and this is simply unacceptable to China. His message to Kim is likely to be very simple. If Kim continues to antagonise US and gives US reasons to complete the installation of the THAAD system in South Korea, China will cut off all logistic supplies to North Korea and the entire country will die of starvation.

From that point onwards, we can see the different attitudes of Kim towards Kim and Trump. Kim continued to snub Moon over the US-South Korea military drills. However, when Trump threatened to cancel the summit with Kim, Kim sent his right-hand man to personally hand-deliver a letter to Trump to savage the meeting.

From these events, one can guess that Xi had issued the ultimate to Kim and Kim has no further options. Kim is well-aware that Xi means what he says. So Kim cannot afford to antagonise US anymore.

Hence, Xi is probably the key pivotal figure in this entire North Korea’s denuclearisation process. Nonetheless, Xi is also not a particular strong contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. China’s activities in South China Seas are antagonising to the rest of Asia. In any case, Xi’s intention to get Kim to the negotiation table is more to prevent US from having any legitimate reasons to be able to spy into China, rather than any altruistic intention to get North Korea to denuclearise for world peace.

In summary, nobody really deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

· Trump never gives a damn about extending peace to North Korea. He is simply being at the correct place and at the correct time.

· Moon tries very hard to reach out to North Korea but is not particularly effective.

· Xi is the pivotal controlling hand behind the scene> But his intention is to ensure that US does not have any legitimate reasons to install any system that can spy into China, rather than to bring about peace in the region.

Nevertheless, what all these also mean is that Kim basically has no negotiation power at the summit. Regardless of whatever Kim brings to the table, Trump only need to use one trump card to get North Korea to denuclearise. Specifically, Trump only need to state very clearly and in no uncertain terms that US will continue its installation or deployment of the THAAD system (or other advanced surveillance systems) in South Korea if there are evidences to suggest that North Korea still has remnants of any nuclear facilities by the end of 2018. Indeed, US will only agree not to install or deploy the THAAD system in South Korea only if North Korea complete its dismantling of all its nuclear weapon facilities, complete with inspections and certifications from the UN security inspectors.

And China will personally ensure that North Korea will complete its dismantling of all its nuclear weapon facilities, complete with inspections and certifications from the UN security inspectors.

 

Linda Chopra

 

 

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20 Responses to “Who wants to win the Nobel Peace Prize?”

  • HarderTruths:

    Singapore Supreme Leeder says to the World Media

    Singapore willing to pay $20 million for summit.
    Yes – 70% dafts willing to pay.
    Please take from their salaries.

    Leave out oppo and supporters please.

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  • The Biggest Robert Of All Time:

    After all the hype of hosting for “world peace” and spending $20 million, no Nobel prize for the people of Singapore??
    Trump or Kim must be laughing all this while for the unexpected free lunches.

    The clown is also faking his evil smile, after successfully robbing citizens for his glory seeking venture.
    How many $20M will citizens be robbed for subsequent summits???

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  • The Biggest Robert Of All Time:

    .After all the hype of hosting for “world peace” and spending $20 million, no Nobel prize for the people of Singapore??
    Trump or Kim must be laughing all this while for the unexpected free lunches.

    The clown is also faking his evil smile, after successfully robbing citizens for his glory seeking venture.
    How many $20M will citizens be robbed for subsequent summits???

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  • Pinky:

    The one want to take the prize would be Pinky who is good at licking balls of Trump and Kim whose characteristics are exactly the same.

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  • Whats wrong with d picture:

    Sadam & gadaffi had no WMD yet they were assassinated in the end
    …there were no evidence till today. Tho human rights abuse aplenty.
    This KJU another worst human rights abuser, kidnapper of neighbors’citizens, n all things vile, admits to having WMD and theres prove, yet he is wined n dined luxuriously .
    The world has gone mad.

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  • Fake news from US economist:

    Straits Times: “Trump and Kim can learn a lot from Singapore: US economist Tyler Cowen”

    Another stupid US economist who use half-truths to mislead. He does not live in Singapore and does not see the full picture. FAKE NEWS.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Yong Un be given the peace prize instead

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  • The Buddha Gautama:

    “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship…To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”

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  • yun2shui3:

    china xi just has that aura of authority n legitimacy. kim jong un kowtows to no one except xi. agree fully with the author.

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    If smooth-talking (but wimp) Obama can get the Nobel Peace Prize why shouldn’t Trump (and Kim) also get one? The Prize should be given based on what a person has accomplished not for just the nice things he/she said.

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  • Great Asia:

    Shallow bananas and their shallow worldview.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    If a PEACE TREATY is signed to replace the one after the Korean War…then BOTH deserve the Noble Peace Prize and take the one awarded to Obama…and turn it into a North Korea/USA Peace Award!!! that idiot deserves a SHIT PRIZE definitely NOT a PeacePrize

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  • Bad Boy:

    Why splash cold water ? Or red eyes ?
    Irregardless of whether both side will honor the treaty or 撕毀盟約 or whatever ? Its still something good.

    Even China praise Sg.
    1500萬美元當東道主 「新加坡股份有限公司」穩賺不賠。

    https://tieba.baidu.com/p/5742894054?lp=5028&mo_device=1&is_jingpost=0&pn=0&

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  • Who next:

    That sister of KJU attending to him as his official, should be the chairman …or president of NKOREA.. she’s always on the ball, looks intelligent and alert but yet ladylike.
    Altho KJU is not as stupid as he looks.

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  • Sinkies paying:

    The price tag for the summit is now $50mil plus plus!…

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  • LIONS:

    For me,the Threesome of XI TRUMP N KIM deserve the NOBEL PEACE AWARD.

    The writer points out correctly that Xi plays a major role as BIG BRO.
    Without XI,there would be no TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT.

    In any case,there is UPRISING GROWING FROM POVERTY N IMPOVERISHMENT ALL OVER THE WORLD N KIM is a SMART N WISE GUY N KNOWS THAT he cannot survive on NUKES alone???

    Ironically,our PEE-M,who use our money to make a name for himself,KEEPS SCHEMING OF WAY$ TO IMPOVERISH sgs?

    If yhis continue,it will be KIM who will host LEE AH LONG next?

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  • Servile Dumbos:

    Bad Boy:
    Why splash cold water ? Or red eyes ?
    Irregardless of whether both side will honor the treaty or 撕毀盟約 or whatever ? Its still something good.

    Even China praise Sg.
    1500萬美元當東道主 「新加坡股份有限公司」穩賺不賠。

    https://tieba.baidu.com/p/5742894054?lp=5028&mo_device=1&is_jingpost=0&pn=0&

    While stingy on welfare to citizens, splashed $50M to gain self glory, why used tax money for self interest to uplift his own standing?
    Bloody dishonorable prick.

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  • Vivian For Nobel Prize:

    Vivian deserve to win the Nobel Prize for being the best Por Lam Pah and also for making the best tea and coffee.

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  • But:

    But i beg to differ.
    As said before no opps parties murmur a single word against the summit.

    Except the usual gang of ” the hateful 8 ” e.g. Mr Bapak, Mr rukidding, Mr jiak liao bee, Mr Patriot …. etc !

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