President Trump’s personal lawyer said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un got “on his hands and knees and begged” for their summit to be held after Trump canceled the sit-down last month, according to a report Wednesday.
Former mayor Rudy Giuliani told the crowd at an investment conference in Israel that Kim came crawling back to the negotiating table last month after Trump scrapped the meeting because senior North Korean officials insulted top Trump administration officials, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Last month, a North Korean official lashed out at Vice President Pence, calling him a “political dummy,” and threatening nuclear war if the U.S. kept up military exercises in the region.
Days later, Trump backed out of the June 12 Singapore summit with Kim.
“They also said they were going to go to nuclear war with us, they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war,” Giuliani said. “We said we’re not going to have a summit under those circumstances.”
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Soon after Trump withdrew, Kim relented, Giuliani said
“Well, Kim Jong Un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you want to put him in,” Giuliani said.
The U.S. and North Korea have been hammering out the details of the Kim-Trump on-again-off-again meeting in recent days.
Denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula is the ultimate goal of the U.S., but Pyongyang is not interested in "unilateral nuclear abandonment," North Korea officials have said in the past.
Giuliani also said Wednesday that North Korea does want to denuclearize, “but they do want probably much too long a timetable for that.”
It wasn’t the first time Giuliani waded into international affairs since he joined Trump’s legal team.
The 74-year-old former federal prosecutor — hired to represent Trump in the federal Russia probe — said last month that he and the President keep their discussions to legal matters, but he essentially announced that North Korea would release three Americans being held captive, which happened soon afterward.
Despite muddying the waters between his role as attorney and his proximity to the White house, Giuliani claims he’s done nothing wrong.
"I don't mix my role as attorney for him with my foreign policy views," Giuliani said in May.