It looks like North Korea won’t be getting its version of the iTunes Music Store anytime soon. Because of, ya know, that stunt it pulled awhile back, the Bush Administration has imposed sanctions on all luxury goods heading into North Korea. This means no iPods, no Johnny Walker, no Trojan Magnum XLs, no Harleys, or anything else, from companies that operate inside the greatest country ever founded, will be available to Kim Jong Il and his peeps.
Says the AP:
“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,”
So basically, if you want to make a quick buck faster than selling a PS3 on launch day, buy a few dozen iPods and sell them on the black market in North Korea. Personally, I’m glad to see sanctions taken against a country that threatens us. It just goes to show that these colors don’t run.