Putin: world needs to avoid steps that would heighten tensions with N.Korea

MOSCOW - Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that the international community needs to avoid any actions that would further heighten tensions with North Korea.
He said Russia favored bringing North Korea back to international negotiations over its nuclear program.
But he told a business forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok: "I think that any actions that would provoke further escalation are counter-productive."
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