Way Back Jack wrote...
> U.S. bans luxury exports to North Korea
> The new rule says the United States will generally deny applications
> to export and re-export luxury goods to North Korea, including luxury
> automobiles, yachts, gems, jewelry, cosmetics, perfumes, furs,
> designer clothing, luxury watches, tobacco, wine, alcoholic beverages,
> recreational sports equipment and electronic software and equipment.
> U.S. officials argue that this will help to erode support among the
> elite for North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who enjoys the finer things
> in life and uses such gifts to curry favor with the military while
> most North Koreans live a subsistence life.