Trump attorney says Kim Jong Un 'begged' for summit: Report

Trump attorney says Kim Jong Un 'begged' for summit: Report
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Washington - Donald Trump's attorney said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begged "on his hands and knees" for a summit with the US president, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

"They... said they were going to go to nuclear war with us, they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war," Rudy Giuliani told a Tel Aviv investment conference, according to 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," Giuliani said.

The Trump attorney said that with the summit rescheduled, the United States has the upper hand.

Singapore's foreign minister will make a two-day trip to Pyongyang starting Thursday, as preparations for the Trump-Kim summit in the city-state accelerate.

The announcement came a day after the White House revealed that the historic June 12 meeting between the US and North Korean leaders will take place in a luxury hotel on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa.

The summit is due to be held following a rapid detente between Pyongyang and Washington -- as well as South Korea -- in a turn-around from a dramatic escalation of tensions last year, when the North ratcheted up its weapons programme.

6 things to know about Capella Singapore

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    US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are set to meet at 9am on June 12 (Tuesday) at Sentosa's Capella Singapore hotel. Here are 6 things you should know about one of Singapore's swankiest digs. 

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    The hotel, which opened in 2009, was designed by renowned British architect Norman Foster. It was restored from buildings that used to house the British officers of the Royal Artillery and their families in the 1880s.

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    Capella Singapore was designed by British architect Norman Foster.

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    Its 112 guestrooms and villas face out onto lush vegetation and the South China sea. Basic rooms start at around $680 a night, while the three-bedroom colonial manor could set you back $10,000 a night.

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    Capella Singapore is nestled amid the greenery of Sentosa, a resort island formerly known by the grim moniker of Pulau Blakang Mati, which in Malay means the "Island of Death from Behind".

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    Its current name means peace and tranquillity in Malay, appropriate for a historic peace summit.

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    The Capella Hotel Group is owned by the Kwee family of Pontiac Land Group.

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    The brand is now expanding across the region, with upcoming hotels under the Capella brand in Ubud, Bangkok, Sydney and the Maldives.

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    Capella is among one of the most expensive hotels in Singapore in which to get married. Prices can exceed $2,400 per table, depending on the menu.

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    Among those who have held their weddings there are homegrown pop star Stefanie Sun and local actor Tay Ping Hui.

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    When it opened in 2009, the hotel had a collection of about 900 artworks, representing more than 200 artists from 15 countries.

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    The resort's front lawn is adorned by sculpture The Arc by French artist Bernar Venet, while a Nikolas Weinstein hand-made glass chandelier hangs in its grand ballroom.

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    It has hosted big-name exhibitions such as a 2012 show with Opera Gallery on the sculptures of the great Surrealist artist Salvador Dali, including notable pieces such as Space Elephant, Alice In Wonderland and Nobility Of Time.

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    Being located in a rainforest, Capella has its resident critters. Guests are sometimes visited by peacocks, who have been known to stroll past at breakfast or around its terraced pools. It is also located near the Sentosa Golf Club - ideal for Mr Trump, who is known for his love of golf.

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