US says no iPods for Kim Jung Il

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]

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