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How to react when North Korea threatens a “sea of fire”

This week was not the first time Pyongyang has threatened to engulf its enemies in a "sea of fire." South Korea was promised such treatment in November 2011, but yet still stands, unsinged. So, when Pyongyang responded to new sanctions approved by the U.N. this week with threats of preemptive attacks on Washington and South Korea with “lighter and smaller nukes," unsurprisingly hatches have not been battened down.

North Korea is not thought to have the ability to produce a warhead small enough to put on a missile capable of reaching the U.S. It is believed to have enough nuclear fuel, however, for a handful of cruder devices. And with the move to approve heavier sanctions by the U.N. Security Council to "raise the cost to North Korea of its illicit nuclear program," it's clear the international community takes Kim Jong Un's increasing number of threats somewhat seriously.

As the New York Times notedThursday:

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