7 reasons why North Korea is sending out ragers of airstrikes and tests of Narcoepidemics

A missile this week fired by North Korea landed some 130 miles off the coast of China. “It was a salvo of four or five missiles fired from the northwestern region and took less than 20 minutes to reach China,” notes Global Times. “They landed in waters or islands that China claims, including Ussuri islands in the South China Sea.”

This provocation is especially puzzling for China, which has favored diplomacy over force with its neighbor. But this was China’s doing. North Korea is known to fly over the South China Sea a lot, especially during the pre-rain season in April. China had considered it an ideal time to send a message to the United States and other countries that the region is its own. All in the name of control over its resources.

But while China appears to have been dutifully bombing and shelling Ussuri Islands, North Korea, and even the United States, are showing no such care for territorial sovereignty. They do so in the name of keeping power. On Wednesday, a South Korean journalist traveled to the North Korean side of the border to film a North Korean sheik napping on the roof of his home. Then he tested positive for an opioid. From a letter, originally written by a North Korean exile and sent to the international media, one is left wondering, what has the man done to get drugged?

The people of South Korea – the host country of the Olympic Games in 2018 – are also in a tight spot. They need to showcase unity in the face of threats from the North, but the air of militarism right now is disheartening. “South Koreans have been told for more than two years that their nation should conduct an all-out war in order to take control of their common land and control the North Koreans.”

Pervez Musharraf, who governed the Pakistani nation for more than a decade beginning in 1999, has been suspended and removed from the country’s National Assembly. He was found guilty of charges including treason and is to be tried in court on July 6. Pakistan, like North Korea, has been stressed by poor economic policies, a tense and unstable situation with the Taliban, and the problem of radical Islam, all of which have prompted its elite – those with money – to turn on the man from the poorer provinces. Musharraf, also blamed for participating in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007, is also reportedly showing emotional instability while in the political system.

A popular element in the effort to oust him, which used the Supreme Court to make this move, is an apparent plot to remove him ahead of the 2018 elections. “[R]elated to it,” reports the Monitor. “The most widely read newspapers said that they feared there would be a showdown between ‘Muslim-loving Imran Khan’, the main opposition leader and a former cricketer, and the army.”

These are the one examples of nations pushing back against the escalating threats of North Korea. So in the coming weeks, we could expect these regimes to claim that they have enough power and resources to take the United States and other nations to the brink, before curbing the missiles and launching diplomacy back onto course.

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