MOSCOW, April 28 /TASS/. US Senator Lindsey Graham’s statement that US President Donald Trump deserves to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is nothing more but Washington’s unfounded claim to a crucial role on the Korean Peninsula, Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev told TASS.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News on Friday that if North Korea abandoned its nuclear program and the situation on the Korean Peninsula was resolved, then "President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize."
"I think the senator sought to make everyone believe that the United States had played a crucial role in the Korean Peninsula breakthrough, which is far from being true. In fact, the US played a crucial role in raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and staging continuous provocations against North Korea," Kosachev said.
He was confident that North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs had been developed solely in response to provocations.
"The recent news comes as a result of collective efforts by six powers, particularly Russia and China, whose position on the issue has been consistent," the Russian senator added.
Kosachev also pointed out that in 2009, then US President Barack Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee said that he had inspired hope for a better future and had played a role in the pursuit of a world free of nuclear weapons.
On Friday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a historic meeting in the border village of Panmunjom. The inter-Korean summit, the first in more than ten years, resulted in the signing of a joint declaration - the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula.