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U.S. bans sale of iPods to North Korea

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2006
News Categories: iPod

Responding to North Korea’s ongoing nuclear program, the Bush administration has imposed sanctions on luxury goods, making it tougher for the country’s eccentric leader to buy iPods and other pricey items he covets. “The U.S. government’s first-ever effort to use trade sanctions to personally aggravate a foreign president expressly targets items believed to be favored by Kim Jong Il or presented by him as gifts to the roughly 600 loyalist families who run the communist government,” reports the Associated Press. Other items on the list include cognac, plasma televisions, Segway electric scooters, Rolex watches, cigarettes, artwork, expensive cars, yachts, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and Jet Skis.

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1

Everybody knows that you just have to listen to your iPod when you NUKE the free world!

Posted by a3rdleg on November 29, 2006 at 8:03 AM (PDT)

2

Well I’m confident that with his exceptional diplomatic skills and effective foreign policy, President Bush will have Kim Jong Il under control in no time.  What a riot.  Maybe if we’d kept iPods from Saddam we wouldn’t have had to invade Iraq.

Posted by dod on November 29, 2006 at 8:09 AM (PDT)

3

Ah, but we didn’t HAVE iPods back when that mess started!  It’s good to know the world will be safe now!

Posted by iPods Save Lives on November 29, 2006 at 8:31 AM (PDT)

4

Send them over Zunes… They will soon give up their nuclear aspirations!

Posted by Boca on November 29, 2006 at 8:39 AM (PDT)

5

It’s fortunate that the sanctions apply only to North Korea. South Koreans will still be able to listen to tracks from the Seoul Train albums.

Posted by navamske on November 29, 2006 at 8:54 AM (PDT)

6

As long as the North Koreans don’t get a hold of Jack Bauer’s cell phone, the free world has nothing to worry about.

Posted by cxc273 on November 29, 2006 at 8:54 AM (PDT)

7

[Kim Jong Il]...Noooooooooooooooo

Posted by ArtVandelay on November 29, 2006 at 8:58 AM (PDT)

8

Another great day in the life of a smuggler.

Posted by Bad Beaver on November 29, 2006 at 10:39 AM (PDT)

9

Helping a villain to move around policies of annoyance.

Posted by Bad Beaver on November 29, 2006 at 10:40 AM (PDT)

10

JESUS CHRIST iLOUNGE! Why the ZUNE can’t you employ a proper content filter?! Now that I spelt it out, I can see why it does not like the word
C I R - C U M - V E N T
but do you ever consider that a high number of your readers may not be native speakers of English, and that they may spend endless tries figuring out why the ZUNE their post is not accepted? I have mentioned this several times during the course of this year, and NOTHING has changed. Shame on you!

Posted by Bad Beaver on November 29, 2006 at 10:45 AM (PDT)

11

It’d be great if we held back Bush’s ipod to get him to stop killing people.

Posted by e on November 29, 2006 at 6:26 PM (PDT)

12

leave it to ilounge readers to villify BUSH and not kim-jong-mentally-il, cos…he’s the “victim”

Posted by tlo on November 30, 2006 at 9:51 AM (PDT)

13

As usual for iLounge, this thread is better than stand-up.

tlo: chill a bit…sounds like you’ve watching “Team America” a few times too many. grin

Posted by amateriat on December 1, 2006 at 11:25 AM (PDT)

14

seems strange that the us can ban something that is made in china

Posted by steven on December 3, 2006 at 4:18 PM (PDT)

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