Why North Korea “Flexes” Against the World

This week, North Korea has yet again shown its willingness to flagrantly disregard international laws, council, and rules set forth to prevent not only its nuclear program, but, also its aggressive behavior in shooting ballistic missiles off the coast of Japan. This time, shooting up to 4 ballistic missiles, some reaching the actual exclusive economic zone off the coast of Japan – a move that if done against most countries would undoubtedly have sparked an all-out war. These North Korean ballistic missiles easily reached over 600 miles each, and, in combination with North Korea also sending satellites into space is giving additional cause for serious concern.
Since Kim Jong Un has taken control and leadership of North Korea or the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) he has behaved in a questionable manner more than once, at one point even executing his own half-brother and uncle. In addition to the total secrecy of what goes on in North Korea, reports of serious violations against humanity continue to be reported, including torture and abuse among labor camps, and, a more recent incident involving a “criminal execution” using an anti-aircraft gun by officials.
Needless to say, these actions on behalf of the North Korean government, along with its growing hostility towards allies in the west, have left a lot of people asking why they do it. And, only until this week, it seemed as though superpower China finally felt the need to intervene – a questionably late response at best. So, many Americans too are wondering, does this mean that China is inclined to support, or protect the interests of North Korea if faced between choosing one of the two?
In theory, a major reason why Kim Jong Un and North Korea feels the need to “flex” their military might, technology, and nuclear power is perhaps because they have always been a sort of ‘underdog’ in the global military arena. And, considering the continuous lobbying support from Western neighbors in support of Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and other nearby countries in the vicinity of North Korea, tensions only seem to be increasing.
Now, whether or not moving forward any actual “flexing” by the DPRK will lead to literal hostile, offensive, and acts of war on behalf of Americans or South Korean is an entirely different conversation. But, at the same time, many also wonder whether or not North Korea has other, more “secret” (and powerful) nuclear or technology. And, whether or not if, and to what extent China, Russia, or any other nearby superpower would intervene if and when South Korea and the U.S. felt like they had to react and initiate aggressive military moves to suppress North Korean powers. Perhaps, these continued attempts to show military might by North Korea is a subliminal ‘invitation’ for nearby “super powers” that don’t have positive relation with the United States to consider stepping in and supporting a (nuclear) attack and perhaps the next World War III.

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