Taking Kim's Toys Away

For years, the U.S. and its allies have cajoled, threatened and sanctioned North Korea in an unsuccessful bid to persuade its rogue leader, Kim Jong Il, to abandon his nuclear-weapons program. Now, the U.S. hopes, it's hitting Kim where it really hurts. Following a U.N. Security Council resolution banning the export of luxury goods to North Korea, last week the U.S. published a list of some 60 forbidden fruits, including iPods, Segway scooters, cognac, leather handbags, silk underwear, plasma TVs, baby grand pianos, jetskis, snowmobiles and eau de toilette. It's not just an attempt to personally aggravate the Dear Leader, who...

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