The Bush administration is considering a new strategy in dealing with North Korean President Kim Jong-Il: taking away his toys. Trade sanctions are often used to pressure or weaken leaders into bending their will, but the United States is considering sanctions that would deny the enigmatic leader gadgets and doo-dads he collects, enjoys and gives as gifts. Call it a policy of personal annoyance. None of the items are things that the average North Korean could afford. "It's a new concept; it's kind of creative," said William Reinsch, a former senior Commerce Department official who oversaw trade restrictions with North Korea during Bill Clinton's presidency. Here are some of the things the United States is aiming to keep out of North Korea:
KIM JONG-IL LIKES FINE WINE. SO KEEP THAT OUT OF NORTH KOREA.
LOOKS LIKE A TOY. ABSOLUTELY NOT.
HE LIKES NICE CARS, BUT HIS PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD THEM. GONE.
NO TV BIGGER THAN 29 INCHES.
DON'T MAKE WAVES.