If Pakistan failed to take appropriate actions against the Taliban, the United States will, US Attorney General Eric Holder said on Sunday as he and other American officials firmly blamed the Pakistani Taliban for a failed attempt to blow up a bomb in New York’s Times Square.

“To the extent that it does not, we will, as Secretary Clinton indicated, take the appropriate steps,” said Mr Holder when asked to explain her earlier statement.

In an interview recorded on Friday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that if a successful terrorist attack was traced back to Pakistan, the consequences for that country would be “very severe”.

Several senior US officials and lawmakers appeared on television talk shows on Sunday, spelling out how the United States planned to deal with the consequences of last week’s failed bombing attempt.

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