South Korean President Moon Jae-in has shaken off a suggestion that he receive the Nobel Peace Prize, saying that U.S. President Donald Trump “can take the Nobel prize” as long as the Koreas receive peace in return.
Moon made the comment Monday in response to a suggestion that he receive the award by the widow of late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 after a summit with then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
Moon held a summit with current leader Kim Jong Un last week in which Moon and Kim, the son of Kim Jong Il, walked together across the tense border and agreed to a raft of initiatives meant to ease animosity.
Moon responded to the suggestion of Nobel glory by saying, “President Trump can take the Nobel prize. The only thing we need is peace,” according to the South’s presidential office.
South Korea also said Monday that it will remove propaganda-broadcasting loudspeakers from the border with North Korea this week as the rivals move to follow through with their leaders’ summit declaration that produced reconciliation steps without a breakthrough in the nuclear standoff.
During their historic meeting Friday at a Korean border village, Kim and Moon agreed to end hostile acts against each other along their tense border, establish a liaison office and resume reunions of separated families. They also agreed to achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, but failed to produce specific time frames and disarmament steps.
Seoul’s Defense Ministry said it would pull back dozens of its front-line loudspeakers on Tuesday before media cameras.
Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyunsoo said Seoul expected North Korea to do the same.
South Korea had already turned off its loudspeakers ahead of Friday’s summit talks, and North Korea responded by halting its own broadcasts.
The two Koreas had been engaged in Cold War-era psychological warfare since the North’s fourth nuclear test in early 2016. Seoul began blaring anti-North Korean broadcasts and K-Pop songs via border loudspeakers, and North Korea quickly matched the action with its own border broadcasts and launches of balloons carrying anti-South leaflets.
Seoul’s announcement came a day after it said Kim told Moon during the summit that he would shut down his country’s only known nuclear testing site and allow outside experts and journalists to watch the process.
South Korean officials also cited Kim as saying he would be willing to give up his nuclear programs if the United States commits to a formal end to the Korean War and a pledge not to attack the North. Kim had already suspended his nuclear and missile tests while offering to put his nuclear weapons up for negotiations.
The closing of the Punggy-ri test site, where all six of North Korea’s atomic bomb tests occurred, could be an eye-catching disarmament step by North Korea. But there is still deep skepticism over whether Kim is truly willing to negotiate away the nuclear weapons that his country has built after decades of struggle.
According to a summit accord, Kim and Moon agreed to achieve “a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization,” rather than clearly stating “a nuclear-free North Korea.”
North Korea has long said the term “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” must include the United States pulling its 28,500 troops out of South Korea and removing its so-called “nuclear umbrella” security commitment to South Korea and Japan.
Kim could offer more disarmament concessions during his meeting with Trump, expected in May or June, but it’s unclear what specific steps he would take.
Some experts say Kim may announce scraping North Korea’s long-range missile program, which has posed a direct threat to the United States.
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton reacted coolly to word that Kim would abandon his weapons if the United States pledged not to invade.
Asked on CBS’s “Face the Nation” whether the U.S. would make such a promise, Bolton said:
“Well, we’ve heard this before. This is – the North Korean propaganda playbook is an infinitely rich resource. What we want to see from them is evidence that it’s real and not just rhetoric.”
Meanwhile, Twitter exploded with the hashtag #PEACEMAKER鐵 in praise of President Trump’s diplomatic success.
President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize! Retweet if you agree! pic.twitter.com/AzWP37QjYu
— Stump for Trump (@Stump_for_Trump) April 30, 2018
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) April 27, 2018
North Korea's Kim Jong-un pledges 'new history' with South Korea
Now @SadiqKhan let's hear you say @realDonaldTrump is not welcome here. He is not only welcome but we should honour him as well. #PEACEMAKER鐵 https://t.co/WxQy9k2fBO
— Bryan Eastwood BFB (@BryanEastwood2) April 27, 2018
— Marie Mingus (@Hyem12) April 30, 2018
— ✴Agent 355 (@FLindsay14) April 30, 2018
— Emre Karayel (@emrekarayel_) April 28, 2018
Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump #KoreaSummit 😳😳😳😳😳👉🏽 @MaxinePWaters @NancyPelosi @SenSchumer @SenWarren @AdamSchiffCA @DNC #PEACEMAKER鐵 #MAGA @PatriotsSoapbox #redpilled @kanyewest #QAnon https://t.co/SEIuns4irl
— So Cal Gal (@sladams3) April 27, 2018
Hope this summit may change our world and lead us to a new era. This world is about to collapse. There are so much war and it has to change #FreedomDay #NorthKorea #PeaceAndJusticeSummit #PEACEMAKER鐵 https://t.co/RTdURNI5b4
— Julián Mahecha (@wholyan) April 27, 2018
— ✴Agent 355 (@FLindsay14) April 30, 2018
And it goes on and on.
Congratulations, President Trump. You just made history.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
April 30th, 2018