Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters not to worry about North Korea’s threat to carry out a preemptive strike on Washington D.C. after the United States led a push for a new round of United Nations sanctions on the regime.

“[T]he United States of America and our allies are prepared to deal with any threat, and any reality that occurs in the world,” Hagel said during a media availability on his way to Afghanistan when asked about North Korean bellicosity. “Second, we are aware of — of what’s going on.  We have partnerships in that part of the world that are important, and I — I think that — that that reality is — is clear, and that’s what we will — will continue to do.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney made a similar comment. “I can tell you that the United States is fully capable of defending against any North Korean ballistic missile attack,” he said yesterday.

The North Koreans have “scrapped all of their peace pacts” with South Kore, as the BBC put it. “Intercontinental ballistic missiles and various other missiles, which have already set their striking targets, are now armed with lighter, smaller and diversified nuclear warheads and are placed on a standby status,” Army Gen. Kang Pyo Yong said, per CBC News. “When we shell (the missiles), Washington, which is the stronghold of evils… will be engulfed in a sea of fire.”