Reducing Connect time for static files

Exploring the webpage load by pingdom service, I just found that the
main delay of page load is due to slow load of images. The images come
from a cookieless domain. I changed the nginx conf for that domain as

location ~*

proxy_redirect off;
proxy_set_header Host $host;
proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
client_max_body_size 10m;
client_body_buffer_size 128k;
proxy_connect_timeout 90;
proxy_send_timeout 90;
proxy_read_timeout 90;
proxy_buffer_size 4k;
proxy_buffers 4 32k;
proxy_busy_buffers_size 64k;
proxy_temp_file_write_size 64k;
access_log off;

It did speed up the load of images a lot; but still, the load of images
is not fast enough

Connect: 100 ms
Send: 1 ms
Wait 200 ms
Receive: 100 ms

Receive is controlled by the data transfer, but I believe it is possible
to reduce the length of connect and wait time by nginx configuration.
Any idea?

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