Jimmy Carter: Nobel Prize could be in Trump’s future

Jimmy Carter: Nobel Prize could be in Trump’s future

Former President Carter said President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE ought to receive the Nobel Peace Prize if he is able to strike a deal to deescalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

“If President Trump is successful in getting a peace treaty that’s acceptable to both sides with North Korea, I think he certainly ought to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Carter said on Politico's "Off Message" podcast.

“I think it would be a worthy and a momentous accomplishment that no previous president has been able to realize.”

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The comments from Carter, a Nobel laureate himself, come weeks before Trump is expected to travel to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

If the encounter comes to fruition, it will be the first such meeting between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader in history.

The North has made a number of overtures in recent weeks to ease tensions ahead of the June 12 summit, including releasing three American prisoners and announcing plans to dismantle a nuclear test site.

And a landmark meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month ended with the two leaders announcing that they would work towards declaring a formal end to the Korean War, which has technically gone on for more than 60 years.

But the future of the talks was put on shaky ground last week, when Pyongyang canceled planned talks with South Korea amid Seoul's joint military drills with the U.S. and threatened to back out of the meeting with Trump if he insisted on "unilateral nuclear abandonment."

The threats from Pyongyang came after national security adviser John Bolton suggested that the Trump administration was looking to strike a deal with North Korea similar to one reached with Libya in 2003. Trump himself has since distanced himself from Bolton's remarks.