North Korea's Kim Jong Un Begged Trump on 'His Hands and Knees' for Summit, Rudy Giuliani Says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begged on "his hands and knees" for a summit with President Donald Trump after the commander-in-chief called off the historic meeting last month, according to one of the president's personal attorneys.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who now represents Trump in the special counsel's Russia probe, made his claim Wednesday during an investment conference in Israel, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Giuliani said Trump initially canceled the summit after North Korea made threats of war and disparaging remarks against U.S. officials while plans for the meeting were underway

"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."

Giuliani added: "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."

The North labeled Vice President Mike Pence "stupid" last month after he said Kim's country "may end like Libya," the African nation previously led by Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed by rebels in 2011. A top North Korean official, Choe Son-hui, insisted the North would not "beg" for negotiations with the U.S.

Trump initially nixed the June 12 summit in Singapore on May 24 following the North's incendiary remarks, but on Friday said the sit-down was back on after a letter from Kim was hand-delivered to the White House.

The president also took to Twitter Tuesday to express hope the summit would produce positive results.

"Meeting in Singapore with North Korea will hopefully be the start of something big...we will soon see!" Trump tweeted.

Meeting in Singapore with North Korea will hopefully be the start of something big...we will soon see!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018

But Giuliani's remark about Kim could present a major hiccup as Trump attempts to make history and score a significant foreign policy victory in his second year in office. Both Trump and Kim traded threats of war and "fire and fury" for much of last year, while the U.S. continued to lash the North's economy with heavy sanctions.

Since his hiring in April, Giuliani has made numerous media appearances and, in some cases, appeared to veer off script. During an appearance on Fox News, the former federal prosecutor was the first to reveal that Trump had paid back his former "fixer" Michael Cohen for the $130,000 given to former pornographic actor Stormy Daniels just 11 days before the 2016 election.

Trump had previously denied having any knowledge of the payment and referred reporters to Cohen for answers. Opponents have labeled the payment as an in-kind campaign contribution intended to affect the outcome of the 2016 election.

Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and current lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media during a White House Sports and Fitness Day at the South Lawn of the White House May 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the event to encourage children to participate in sports and make youth sports more accessible to economically disadvantaged students. Getty Images/Alex Wong