North Korea’s Fearmongering

The shared fear of nuclear weapons is so great that even when North Korea declares it has such weapons it’s likely that its communist leaders simply hope to capitalize on those fears without ever proving they can actually explode an atomic device.
Indeed, for a nation that’s relied on conventional terrorist attacks in the past, this launching of fear – by words alone – toward its presumed adversaries comes easily. It may only be a gambit to win economic concessions from the US, Japan, and South Korea. After all, North Korea’s increasingly desperate communist leaders have so botched their economy that they recently had to cut food rations below minimum levels for their starving people.
North Korea’s Fearmongering | csmonitor.com