Nuclear deal strikes talk of Nobel Peace Prize to Iran, US
Deal could fit pattern of nuclear-themed peace prizes in years ending in ‘5,’ but it may prove hard to reward Washington six years after Obama won the prize, or inappropriate to honor Tehran, a member of the ‘axis of evil’.
OSLO – A nuclear deal clinched between Iran and six major world powers that caps more than a decade of negotiations has stoked talk of a joint Nobel Peace Prize for Tehran and Washington this year, despite the likelihood of strong objections from some quarters.
Awarding the prestigious award to Washington and Tehran would fit a pattern of nuclear-themed peace prizes in years ending in ‘5’, commemorating the bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
“I think the work of the Nobel Committee … this year just got much easier,” former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt tweeted after the Iranian deal was announced.
But many doubts remain over the appropriateness of honoring Iran, which does not recognize Israel and backs its foes, faces regular international criticism over human rights and was long denounced by Washington as a member of an “axis of evil”.
It may also prove hard to reward Washington just six years after Obama won the prize in the early days of his presidency, a decision widely decried at the time as unjustified. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has led the US team in the talks with Iran, may be deemed too close to Obama to win.
“There are serious limitations when it comes to an Iranian candidate and a US candidate,” Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, told Reuters.
“But I am sure it will be seriously considered by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.”
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