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President Trump‘s attorney Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un got “on his hands and knees and begged” American diplomats to reinstate a planned meeting with Trump after it was canceled last month.
The former New York City mayor told The Wall Street Journal that Trump’s cancellation of the meeting, which is now back on for the planned date of June 12, forced the North Korean leader into a favorable position.
“They also said they were going to go to nuclear war with us, they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war,” Giuliani told the newspaper. “We said we’re not going to have a summit under those circumstances.”
“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,” he added.
It was unclear whether Giuliani was referring to public statements made by North Korea’s foreign ministry or private negotiations between U.S. and North Korean officials.
In a May 25 statement, North Korea’s foreign ministry expressed a willingness to continue talks with the Trump administration.