The US envy on North Korea dismissed hopes for an immediate diplomatic solution over Pyongyang's expected nuclear test, saying that the isolated state was bent on playing a game of risk. The comments come as North Korea threatens daily that it is preparing its third nuclear test in response to UN sanctions imposed on North Korea for a long-range rocket launch in December. If North Korea provokes again, they will be walking a very slippery road which will only lead to their destruction. US warnings about the consequences of a third test have been backed by unusually strident criticism of North Korea by its sole major ally China.
North Korea must not go ahead with a nuclear test. This would only deepen the country's international isolation. The test would also set back efforts to restart regional talks on the North Korea's nuclear disarmament.