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7 governors sign letter backing Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

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and a group of fellow governors are backing Donald Trump's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing what they called Trump's "transformative efforts to bring peace to the "

In a letter this week to Berit Reiss-Andersen, and six fellow governors wrote that Trump's "firm stance against nuclearization, coupled with his willingness to engage one-on-one with Pyongyang, has succeeded in opening new avenues of cooperation, friendship and unity between the two Koreas - and the rest of the world."

The letter follows one from 18 US House Republicans, who earlier this month formally nominated Trump for the award amid preparations for a historic summit with North Korea's The has also promoted the idea, sending an email encouraging supporters to "Trump to Win the Nobel Peace Prize" by adding their name to a list.

Governors are not listed among those who can officially make Nobel nominations, according to the organization's website.

was an early Trump supporter in the 2016 presidential campaign, formally backing him ahead of South Carolina's Then the state's lieutenant governor, the longtime became when Trump picked then-Gov. as his UN

Trump is backing McMaster in next month's five-way The appeared at an October fundraiser, and McMaster has featured footage from that event prominently in his television ads.

Other signatories to the governors' letter include Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo; Gov. Phil Bryant; Gov. Jeff Colyer; Gov. Kay Ivey; Gov. Jim Justice; and Gov.

The governors' letter came amid reports from South Korea's Agency that was cancelling a high-level meeting planned between the two countries due to the ongoing military exercises between the US and

The meeting planned for Wednesday at a border truce village to discuss setting up military and talks aimed at reducing border tension and restarting reunions between families separated by the Korean War.

also said North Korea's Korean Agency reported that was questioning whether next month's summit between Kim and Trump could also take place as planned.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 02:05 IST