Earlier tours had shown the capital city of Pyongang emptied as everyone had to go out into the field and work like peasants, as in the style of a Maoist 60s cultural revolution. Kim Jong-Il, of course, has it good.
The ABC News story warns that war with North Korea really is possible if the US enforces sanctions because of the "nuclear" test. The link is here.
In the mid 1990s, the Clinton administration had been more concerned about the possibility of war erupting in Korea than it was about radical Islam.