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US North Korea envoy says unilateral action possible against North Korea

The US may take action against North Korea, two days after it carried out its fifth and biggest nuclear test.

A file photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on 21 February 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN. Picture: AFP.

NEW YORK - The United States may take unilateral action against North Korea, a US special envoy for the isolated state said on Sunday, two days after it carried out its fifth and biggest nuclear test, in defiance of UN sanctions.

"In addition to action in the Security Council, both the US and Japan, together with the Republic of Korea, will be looking at unilateral measures, as well as bilateral measures, as well as possible trilateral cooperation," said Sung Kim, the envoy.

Speaking to reporters in Tokyo after meeting senior Japanese foreign ministry officials, Kim described North Korea's behavior as "provocative and unacceptable".