September 5, 2017 / 3:28 PM / 10 months ago

Russia says 'will consider' U.S. resolution on North Korea but with caveats

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to consider a new U.S. resolution on North Korea provided it does not escalate military tensions and focuses on finding a diplomatic solution, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov attends a joint news conference with Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Doha, Qatar August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Lavrov had conveyed that stance to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call initiated by the U.S. side.

The ministry said Lavrov had also spoken of the merit of involving U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres in helping find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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