OCCUPATION: Dear Leader of North Korea
NUMBER OF TIME COVERS: 1
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES ON THE TIME 100: 2
PRO: In a show of arts diplomacy, the much-caricatured leader allowed the New York Philharmonic to play an unprecedented concert in Pyongyang earlier this year.
CON: A few weeks later, he ejected all South Korean officials from the country. Guess he heard a tune he didn't like. Even with a slight thaw in relations and progress on the nuclear issue, he's still Kim Jong Il: wheeler, dealer, possible nutjob.
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