Q&A: North Korea's economy

image captionNorth Koreans have to cope with a stagnant economy

North Korea's third nuclear test has thrown the country back into the spotlight, as the threat of further sanctions looms over an already crippled economy.

The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday where countries such as the US, South Korea and even North Korea's main ally, China, could ask for further sanctions.

Although much of the information about its economy is based on anecdotal accounts from defectors, it is clear North Korea can ill-afford more economic pain.

image captionNorth Korea's borders with China are where illicit trade is conducted, according to some analysts

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