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US says no iPods for Kim Jung Il

No Segways, no plasma TVs, no cognac for dictator.
For the first time in history, the United States is using trade policy to personally aggravate a foreign leader.

According to the Secretary of Commerce, the plan was "carefully considered and carefully targeted" to piss North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il: no iPods, no plasma TVs, no cognac, and no Segway scooters.

It's far from clear what good these one-man sanctions are going to do.

It's also a sad commentary on the economy of North Korea that there's exactly one person in the whole country who can afford an iPod.

[Crooks and Liars]
Lindsay Beyerstein a New York writer blogging at Majikthise.
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