Ted Turner: "I am absolutely convinced that the North Koreans are
absolutely sincere. There’s really no reason for them to cheat [on
nukes]....I looked them right in the eyes. And they looked like they meant
the truth. You know, just because somebody’s done something wrong in the
past doesn’t mean they can’t do right in the future or the present. That
happens all the, all the time."
Wolf Blitzer: "But this is one of the most despotic regimes and Kim
Jong-Il is one of the worst men on Earth. Isn’t that a fair assessment?"
Turner: "Well, I didn’t get to meet him, but he didn’t look — in the
pictures that I’ve seen of him on CNN, he didn’t look too much different
than most other people."
Blitzer: "But, look at the way, look at the way he’s, look at the way
he’s treating his own people."
Turner: "Well, hey, listen. I saw a lot of people over there. They
were thin and they were riding bicycles instead of driving in cars, but–"
Blitzer: "A lot of those people are starving."
Turner: "I didn’t see any, I didn’t see any brutality...."
— Exchange on CNN’s The Situation Room, Sept. 19.