Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, warning against "military hysteria."
Putin said during a news conference in China on Tuesday that it was important that all parties including North Korea "step on the path of cooperation” and not face "threats of annihilation."
"Whipping up military hysteria makes absolutely no sense in this situation," Putin said. "This is a road to nowhere."
Russia earlier condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as "provocative," but said it does not support the idea of slapping North Korea with more sanctions.