The controversial commentator was asked about Donald Trump’s close relationship with the dictator. He was also pressed on Kim Jong-un’s human rights abuses during the segment.
“There’s no defending the North Korean regime, it’s the last really Stalinist regime in the world,” Mr Carlson said during the phone interview on Fox News.
“It’s a disgusting place obviously, so there’s no defending it. On the other hand, you know you’ve got to be honest about what it means to lead a country; it means killing people.
“Not on the scale the North Koreans do,” Mr Carlson added “but a lot of countries commit atrocities, including a number that we’re closely allied with.”