North Korea believed to earn a fortune from forced labor overseas, U.N. says (cnn.com)
"North Korea's catalog of abuses against its own people within the secretive country's tightly controlled borders has been widely reported. "
North Korea's black market becoming the new normal (reuters.com)
"When North Korea's late "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il opened the Pothonggang Department Store in December 2010, he called on it to play "a big role" in improving living standards in the capital Pyongyang, official media said."
Drug Dealing, Counterfeiting, Smuggling: How North Korea Makes Money (npr.org)
"North Korea used to be an industrial powerhouse. "
The China-North Korea Relationship (cfr.org)
"China is North Korea's most important ally, biggest trading partner, and main source of food, arms, and energy."