Stooping so low as to accuse America of “human rights violations” for not giving the North Koreans food wasn’t enough to sway Dear Leader into meeting with the Worst President in History Part I.

(Politico) — Wrapping up his visit this week to Pyongyang, former President Jimmy Carter says relations between North Korea and South Korea are “currently at rock bottom.” Nonetheless, he said he believes the North is committed to getting talks underway.

Carter was joined on the three-day trip by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland and former Irish President Mary Robinson.

Though the group did not meet with Kim Jong Il, as they’d hoped, the North Korean leader did send them a message, saying he is willing to “negotiate with South Korea or with the United States or with the six powers on any subject any time and without any preconditions.”

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