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By Agence France-Presse

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the US would have been drawn into a war with North Korea if he had not been elected as he played up the prospects of a peace deal with its leader Kim Jong Un.

“If I wasn’t elected, you would have had a war,” Trump said before adding that “nobody is talking about that” anymore.

“We have a very good relationship. He (Kim) likes me, I like him,” he told a press conference in New York.

“I really believe he wants to get it done. He wants to make a deal, I want make a deal.”

Trump, whose Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to travel to Pyongyang next month, refused to commit to a timetable on when he expected North Korea to denuclearize.

“I don’t want to get into the time game. You know why? I told Mike Pompeo. I said ‘Mike, don’t get into the time game.’ We stopped him. They’re taking down plants, they’re taking down a lot of different testing areas.

“They’re going to take down some more. You’ll be hearing about that very soon. I don’t want to go ahead of myself. But you’ll be hearing about it soon.”