August 30, 2017 / 7:53 PM / 25 days ago

Russia's Lavrov urges U.S. to show restraint over North Korea

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani in Moscow, Russia August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the United States on Wednesday to refrain from any military actions on the Korean peninsula that would be “fraught with unpredictable consequences”

In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Lavrov said Russia also believed that any further increase of sanctions pressure on North Korea would be counter-productive, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in statement.

Lavrov and Tillerson also discussed Syria and the Gulf, the statement said.

Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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