Former President Jimmy Carter has once again taken aim at money in the U.S. electoral process, saying Tuesday that it makes the nation function more as an \u0022oligarchy than a democracy.\u0022Carter made the comments, which echo criticisms he\u0026#039;s made in years past, during the latest \u0022Conversation with the Carters\u0022 at the 35-year-old nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta.After Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, spoke to the audience about gains their center has made in its global peace and health initiatives—including the near eradication of guinea worm—the 92-year-old offered a rebuttal to the approach to North Korea taken by not only President Donald Trump but by former President Barack Obama.Carter said that \u0022the first thing I would do is treat the North Koreans with respect. I would be talking to them. We have refused to talk to them since George W. Bush was in office. Obama refused to have any discussion with the North Koreans, even though I went over there twice while he was in office and urged him to talk to them.\u0022\u0022I know what the North Koreans want,\u0022 he continued. \u0022The North Koreans want a peace treaty with the United States. We\u0026#039;ve only had a ceasefire since the Korean War was over. What they want is a firm treaty guaranteeing that the United States will not attack them or hurt them in any way unless they attack one of their neighbors, notably South Korea. But the United States has refused to do that.\u0022Stressing diplomacy, Carter said, \u0022I would send my top person to Pyongyang immediately—if I didn\u0026#039;t go myself—to talk to the North Koreans about how to defuse the issue. But until we\u0026#039;re willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings, which they are, then I don\u0026#039;t think we\u0026#039;re going to make any progress.\u0022The advice he\u0026#039;d offer Trump is to \u0022keep the peace, promote human rights, and tell the truth.\u0022As far as brokering peace efforts in the Middle East, Carter\u0026#039;s not placing any bets on the current administration. TheIndependent reports:He said he was \u0022practically hopeless\u0022 that Mr Trump would bring any kind of \u0022justice to Palestinians\u0022 after Mr Trump indicated he may be willing to broker a solution between the Israelis and Palestinians that did not involve two states.Mr. Trump has placed his son-in-law White House adviser Jared Kushner in charge of negotiating a deal, who grew up as a family friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.While Mr. Carter does not think the Trump family is making headway in the region, he also blamed Mr. Netanyahu for not having any \u0022intention at all of having a two-state solution.\u0022Carter, who recently predicted the U.S. would turn to a single-payer healthcare system, is also in the news this week for his op-ed in the New York Times calling for \u0022building political processes that are inclusive and transparent and that hold those in power accountable.\u0022 Such efforts, he argued, include \u0022full and easy (or even automatic) access to voter registration processes.\u0022You can watch most of the Carters\u0026#039; full address here.