North Korean threats; scare tactic or the real thing?

Posted at 7:03 PM, Apr 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-06 19:03:10-04

(CNN)–  Set to grandiose music, video from state-run TV in March shows Kim Jong-un supervising a drone attack drill.

But are the growing threats out of North Korea just an internal show by an untested leader?

“This is about shoring up his domestic base, making a bond between him and the people, solidifying his ties with the military.”

The North Korean government is now warning foreign diplomats that it cannot guarantee their safety if war breaks out.

Many embassies, however, are staying put.

“I must say, I’ve never heard of this kind of thing before to tell embassies to go run for your lives and then the embassies say, ‘no, we’re fine, just staying right here.’ so it is really an example of this kind of bizarre north Korean propaganda.”

The British embassy told Koryo Tours they could continue bringing tourists into North Korea.

Amanda Carr recently led a tour and said, although some customers cancelled because of international tensions, those who did keep their travel plans had a great time.

“They were very surprised at how different they felt being in North Korea with the media coverage that they heard before they went.”

However, some u-s officials don’t want to down-play the significant risk North Korea could pose to nearby allies.

“We’re trying to tamp down the tensions because the biggest danger is the danger of miscalculation.”