It is still far too early to be talking about Donald Trump earning a Nobel Peace Prize, writes Fred Kaplan of Slate. If anything, his visible hunger for it will give North Korea more leverage in negotiations. No binding peace accord has been signed so far. The assumption that a meaningful truce will be agreed upon after one set of talks is overly ambitious. Furthermore, Trump’s rhetoric is unlikely to have changed the situation. Even after he threatened North Korea with “fire and fury,” it fired a ballistic missile over Japan. Kim Jong-un likely changed his rhetoric once his nuclear power was established. Trump is far from deserving a Nobel Prize.
A Nobel Peace Prize for Donald Trump would be highly warranted, given his immense hand in bringing North Korea to the table, suggests James S. Robbins of USA Today. He recognized how China gave the regime a lifeline by trading with it, ignoring sanctions. Applying economic pressure on China made it drop its interest in supporting North Korea. Additionally, his assertive rhetoric and showing that he would use force if needed likely shocked both countries into action. Trump’s determination and no-nonsense diplomacy broke through decades of gridlock with North Korea. If peace ultimately gets secured, he deserves a Nobel Prize.