Although I have little time for the Nobel Prize, with its dubious history of supporting European imperialism and anti-communism, perhaps it could gain a tiny bit of credibility as follows:
This year’s Peace Prize should go to Kim Jong Un, chairman of the DPRK, and Moon Jae-in, president of South Korea.
Let me recap the history of the last six months:
- Kim Jong Un makes a major statement in his new year address, indicating it was time to restart the peace process in line with long-standing DPRK policy.
- The clear indication is enthusiastically taken up by Moon Jae-in, who had indicated a desire to reopen dialogue in his election platform not long before.
- Participation by both Koreas at the winter olympics in the south, especially with a unified hockey team.
- Panmunjom agreement signed in April, 2018, embodying all items in the peace and reunification policies of both Koreas. This is the moment the deal was really done.
- Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump sign the Singapore Statement in June, 2018. By this time, Trump was keen to get in on the act, but he also had no real option since the deal had already been delivered at Panmunjom.
- Kim Jong Un ensures close cooperation with China through three visits – which has had one immediate effect of more than 200 Chinese firms already working in the north.
- While the DPRK starts destroying nuclear facilities, South Korea-US military exercises are indefinitely suspended.
- Moon Jae-in visits Putin to ensure Russian involvement and support.
- Moves on both sides to sign a formal peace treaty, which needs to include DPRK, South Korea, China and the USA