North Korea's military is falling apart — is Kim Jong Un's regime next?

Junky equipment could spell trouble for the Kim dynasty

Kim Jong Un
(Image credit: (REUTERS/KCNA))

Sometime in June, a North Korean pilot taxied his supersonic fighter to the runway for a routine training flight. The pilot, one of North Korea's military elite, powered up his engines and took off with a roar from Koksan Air Base. Moments later, his plane tumbled out of the sky.

It was the second North Korean MiG-19 crash this summer, and the third in 2014. The mighty North Korean People's Army is crumbling. Is the ruling Kim dynasty next?

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