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Abe does not confirm, deny nominating Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a House of Representatives Budget Committee session on the morning of Feb. 18, 2019. (Mainichi/Masahiro Kawata)

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe neither confirmed nor denied in a Diet session on Feb. 18 that he nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize for launching talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"I would like to refrain from commenting on the matter based on the Nobel Committee' policy of not identifying nominators and nominees for at least 50 years," Abe told a House of Representatives Budget Committee session on the morning of Feb. 18.

"I'm not saying it's not true (that I nominated Trump for the prize)," he added.

Abe was responding to questions from Yuichiro Tamaki, leader of the opposition Democratic Party for the People.

President Trump told a news conference last week that Abe "gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize."

(Japanese original by Yusuke Matsukura, Political News Department)

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