SEOUL -- North Korea's state-run Asia Pacific Peace Committee warned foreigners in South Korea Tuesday to set up evacuation plans.
State media KCNA carried a statement, saying Pyonyang does not want any harm done to foreigners in South Korea in case of a war and urging "all foreign organizations, companies and tourists to work out measures for evacuation."
Analysts, however, said that a war is unlikely, dismissing the announcement as yet another threat by Kim Jong Un's belligerent regime.
"If North Korea fires at Seoul or other regions in South Korea, that will mean an all-out war," said Park Syung-je, a military analyst with Seoul-based Asia Strategy Institute. "While the [North Korean] leader Kim Jong Un is young, senior military generals surrounding him are old. They won't be so reckless to launch a total war, as that will be a suicide mission."