BEIJING May 15 Russian President Vladimir Putin
said on Monday that Moscow was opposed to any new countries
acquiring nuclear weapons, but that the world should talk to
North Korea rather than threaten it.
Putin, speaking in Beijing, said nuclear tests of the type
that Pyongyang has been carrying out were unacceptable, but that
a peaceful solution to rising tensions on the Korean peninsula
"We are totally against any expansion of the club of nuclear
powers, including North Korea's addition," said Putin. "We need
to return to dialogue with North Korea and stop scaring it."
The Russian leader said he was briefed by his defence
minister after North Korea's latest missile test, which he said
presented no threat to Russia.
(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin/Andrey Ostroukh/Christian Lowe;
Editing by Andrew Osborn)