SUPPLY OF iPODS, PLASMA TVS AND JET SKIS TO BE CUT
North Korea was told by the US, Australia, most of the world, "Do Not Dare Test A Nuclear Weapon, Or There Will Be Consequences."
But North Korea went ahead and tested (some kind of) nuclear explosives in early October.
A few days of loud fury and finger wagging from President Bush and PM Howard, but then it all went quiet. For a moment, it seemed as though the world was tottering on the edge of a nuclear calamity. Then it all went quiet. Too quiet.
Not any longer.
North Korea is about to pay a heavy price for their insolence.
The international man of action, President Bush, is not going to mess around with these clowns anymore. What's he going to do? Well, we gave it away in the headline, but just in case you've already forgotten, Bush is going to push hard to enforce sanctions on iPods, Cognac, Jet Skis, big screen TVs and (wait for it) Segeway scooters (!) to North Korea banned.
That'll show Kim Jong-Il. Do Not Fuck With Us.
You can feel the tremors of fear and shock rumbling all the way from North Korea already.
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 Kimg Jong-Il or presented by him as gifts to the roughly 600 loyalist families who run the communist government
....the list of proposed luxury sanctions, obtained by The Associated Press, aims to make Kim's swanky life harder: No more cognac, Rolex watches, cigarettes, artwork, expensive cars, Harley Davidson motorcycles or even personal watercraft, such as Jet Skis.
The new ban would extend even to music and sports equipment. The 5- foot-3 Kim is an enthusiastic basketball fan; then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright presented him with a ball signed by Michael Jordan during a rare diplomatic trip in 2000. U.S. officials acknowledge that enforcing the ban on black-market trading would be difficult.
Yeah, just a bit.
You will be punished.
You will pay the price.
Are you listening, Iran? Test a nuke and the West may consider cutting off your supply of...Playstation 3s.
An unexpected controversy surrounding the planned ban of 'luxury goods' setting sail for North Korea has already erupted.
One of the 'luxury goods' on the black-ban list released by the US Commerce Department are Jet Skis. Kim loves them, apparently, saw them in some old James Bond movies, had to have one for himself
But the Washington-based Personal Watercraft Industry Association is objecting to Jet Skis being referred to as a 'luxury item'.
PWIA not only objected, they "bristled".
However, they do not object to the ban, because :
"The thousands of Americans and Canadians who build, ship and sell personal watercraft are patriots first," said Maureen Healey, head of the trade group.The US Commerce Department is taking the right sort of tough, decisive action.
Patriotic American watercraft do not belong in North Korea.
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