U.S. Time magazine has announced its list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2017.

The list includes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kim is included in the "leaders" category. The other four groups making up the list are "pioneers, artists, titans and icons."

The North Korean leader's profile shown on the list was written by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill who was also ambassador to South Korea.

In describing Kim, Hill said that "after five years in power, there are no signs the mercurial and corpulent Kim is mellowing."  He said that "initial hopes that the Swiss-educated, third-generation dictator would be a reformer and accede to international demands to abandon his nuclear program have long died." 

Hill said there are no good options for stopping Kim, but cooperating with China and reinforcing alliances with South Korea and Japan is a start.