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Top 5 takeaways from South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s interview with Norah O’Donnell

North Korea will be at the top of the agenda next week when President Trump welcomes new South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a White House summit.

In his first one-on-one interview since being elected, President Moon spoke to “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell and promised historic change. 

“CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell and South Korean President Moon Jae-in

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Here are the top takeaways from the interview:

1. Moon Jae-in says Kim Jong Un is “not a rational person,” but he wants “dialogue” with Kim. 

“President Trump has called Kim Jong Un a madman with nuclear weapons. Do you believe that he is a madman? And why do you wanna talk to a madman?” O’Donnell asked.

“Yes, I have already mentioned that I believe that Kim Jong Un is not a rational person. But I would like to also note that President Trump once even mentioned that he is willing to talk with Kim Jong Un over a burger. And he has another point, he mentioned that it would be an honor to be able to meet Kim Jong Un. So I believe President Trump went much further than I did.”

“So I believe what Kim Jong Un would want the most is to have a security guarantee for his regime,” Moon added. “So in the case if we can establish a peace regime on the Korean peninsula and if the relationship between the United States and North Korea can be normalized, then I believe that Kim Jong Un would not evade to coming out on such a path. So there is a possibility that Kim Jong Un continues to make the bluff with his nuclear weapons programs. But deep inside he is actually yearning or wanting dialogue. But in the end the only way to find out is to have a dialogue with North Korea.”

2. Moon Jae-in believes former President Barack Obama’s policy of “strategic patience” was a failure.

“I know you believe that the strategy of President Obama, which was strategic patience with North Korea, was a failure, yes?” O’Donnell…

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