Time for talk on N Korea is over: US

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Wash­ing­ton, US - The time for talk on North Korea is ‘over’, the United States said. Nikki Ha­ley, the US en­voy to the United Na­tions, said there was ‘no point’ in hold­ing a fruit­less emer­gency Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ses­sion, warn­ing that an­other weak coun­cil res­o­lu­tion would be ‘ worse than noth­ing’ in light of the North’s re­peated vi­o­la­tions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un boasted of his coun­try’s abil­ity to strike any tar­get in the US af­ter an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile test on Fri­day which weapons ex­perts said could even bring New York into range.

US strate­gic bombers on Satur­day flew over the Korean penin­sula in a di­rect re­sponse to the launch, and on Sun­day Amer­i­can forces suc­cess­fully tested a mis­sile in­ter­cep­tion sys­tem which will be in­stalled on the Korean penin­sula.

An­a­lysts said the com­ments in­di­cated Wash­ing­ton had run out of pa­tience with the diplo­matic ap­proach, and could con­sider mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion.

Je­ung Young-Tae, di­rec­tor of mil­i­tary stud­ies at Dongyang Univer­sity in South Korea, said, “Whether we want it or not, the risk of uni­lat­eral mil­i­tary ac­tion by the US can­not be ruled out at this point.”

Nikki Ha­ley

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