Talk Show King Would Like to Interview Kim Jong-il

The veteran U.S. talk show host Larry King, who has interviewed about 50,000 celebrities from around the world including seven U.S. presidents, says the Korean he would most like to interview is Kim Jong-il.

King was talking with participants after a keynote speech at the Seoul Digital Forum 2011 in Seoul on Wednesday.

Larry King /Courtesy of SBS Larry King /Courtesy of SBS

He said it would be interesting to interview the reclusive dictator because "people who are perceived as evil by the world... They don't think they’re different and they don't look in the mirror and say I'm evil and I'm bad," he said. "They have their own point of view and I'm fascinated by how they've got their point of view... I want to ask why they rule North Korea the way they do, and what they are worried about. Do they think someone is going to attack them and what motivates them."

He said he wants to ask North Korean leaders what they think when they see South Korea's open, democratic society, and a thriving city like Seoul.

In his keynote speech earlier, which was entitled "Connectors," King said, "The reason I'm here is human connections. Satellite is amazing... but there is nothing like connecting in person." He stressed the value of human connections, saying that the progress of technology will not affect the fundamental nature of human connections.

He defined his own life as that of a connector and called on participants, whom he called leaders of this era, to be honest and fearless.

King, who retired from his long-running CNN chat show "Larry King Live" last year, admitted he misses the show badly. A series of big news stories, such as the killing of Osama bin Laden, Hosni Mubarak's stepdown, and a great earthquake that hit Japan, made him feel like hosting another talk show, he added.

Needless to say, King sported a pair of his trademark suspenders at the event.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 26, 2011 09:33 KST