In 1994, at the height of the nuclear crisis, the first nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula, a North Korean official turned to his counterpart and said, “Seoul will be awash in a sea of flames.”

Now, the Norks are talking ashes:

North Korea’s military Monday threatened “special actions” soon to turn parts of the South Korean capital to ashes, accusing Seoul’s conservative government of defaming its leadership.

The North has for months been criticising the South’s President Lee Myung-Bak in extreme terms and threatening “sacred war” over perceived insults.

There have been no incidents but the language has become increasingly vitriolic. Some analysts said they believe a military provocation is likely.

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Yes, I know we’ve been down this same road many, many times before and there’s the tendency to take what the Norks say with a grain of salt; still a threat is a threat. And it’s not even close to Aesop’s little boy who cried wolf.  In the meantime, as I read B.R. Meyers’ The Cleanest Race, a lot of what the Norks are saying and doing starts to make sense.