North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made it on TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for the second year running. No South Korean national made the list this year as pop star Rain, included last year, was dropped.
Kim is in the “rogues” category along with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Taliban leader Mullah Omar, and Sheik Moktar Ali Zubeyr, the leader of Somali Islamist militia al-Shabab.
The magazine describes Kim as “the incarnation of the tenets of self-sufficiency established by his grandfather and father, the first and second emperors of the communist dynasty.” But it added “autarky and a war footing are not paths to prosperity. Hence gulags, famine and privation; hence nuclear arms and military adventurism to wrest what Pyongyang calls concessions (what others would construe as aid) from friend and foe.”