If you are scraping the bottom of the barrel to find something positive to say about Kim Jong Il's legacy, then this might be it. He could be the most "Green" Dictator in history. I think one can win a Nobel Prize for that now-a-days...
One Great Thing About North Korea's Stagnant Economy
While it continues to be one of the poorest countries in the world, North Korea has at least one good thing going for it.
"Grim communist stereotypes soon give way to unspoiled natural beauty, one of the few upsides of having stagnant economic growth," said Allen.
"The sea here is so clean," said a Chinese tourist. "It's pollution free and it's so pristine. This is definitely something you can't easily see in China."
China is the anti-North Korea in that it has experienced rapid economic growth, which has led to massive pollution.""
Kind of reminds me of this cartoon: