President Trump on Tuesday touted his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and warned that former President Obama would have had the US involved in a world war by now.

“I’m possibly the only one he has that kind of relationship with in the world. They call it the Hermit Kingdom. I know a lot about his Hermit Kingdom,” Trump said on the first day of a two-day NATO summit in London. “But I have a very good relationship. If you would’ve listened to President Obama, we’ll be in World War 3 right now.”

During a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump was asked about recent missile tests conducted by North Korea and rekindled his old nickname for Kim.

“I have confidence in him. I like him, he likes me, we have a good relationship. We’ll see what happens. He definitely likes sending rockets up, doesn’t he? That’s why I call him Rocket Man,” the president said. “But we have a very good relationship and we’ll see what happens. It may work out, it may not, but in the meantime it’s been a long time.”

Trump continued to assert that his predecessor’s handling of North Korea would have propelled the country into war.

Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House in London.
Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House in London.AP

“President Obama said it’s the No. 1 problem and it would’ve been war. You’d be in a war right now if it weren’t for me,” he said. ” We have peace. And at least speaking for myself I have a very good personal relationship and he has with me.”

Meanwhile, North Korea, which launched two short-range missiles last week off its east coast, said the US is running out of time to reach a nuclear deal, saying the Trump administration can what type of  “Christmas gift” it receives from the reclusive regime.

“The dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the US,” Ri Thae Song, a vice foreign minister involved in US affairs, said in a statement, referring to North Korea by its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison looks at Mike Pompeo next to White House senior advisor Jared Kushner during the meeting of Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison looks at Mike Pompeo next to White House senior advisor Jared Kushner during the meeting of Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison looks at Mike Pompeo next to White House senior advisor Jared Kushner during the meeting of Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.Reuters

“What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get,” Ri said.

Kim has placed a end-of-the-year deadline on the US to rescue a nuclear deal after negotiations between the two countries broke down over sanctions relief.

With Post wires