US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday warned that North Korea will face consequences because of "provocative and belligerent" actions that include threatened military attacks against US and South Korean warships.
Clinton also underscored the US commitment to defend South Korea and Japan in the aftermath of North Korea's nuclear and missile tests this week.
She said talks at the United Nations "are going on to add to the consequences that North Korea will face." She did not provide specifics.
But Clinton also held out the hope that North Korea would return to stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament talks.