Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear missile program "lacks the right direction and is useless," saying only dialogue without preconditions could solve the crisis.
"The Korean peninsula is swinging on the brink of a wide-ranging conflict," Putin said in an article published in the media of the BRIX countries of emerging economies ahead of a planned summit of the group in China starting on Sunday.
"Russia believes that the policy of pressuring Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program lacks proper and useless guidance," he said.
"The problems of the region must be resolved only through direct dialogue between all the parties concerned without preconditions, and provocations, pressure, military mobilization and rhetoric are a dead end," he said.
Putin's remarks came a month after US President Donald Trump took part in a war of words with North Korea, with US President Pyongyang threatening to "fire and anger" while North Korea threatened to fire missiles on the Pacific island of Guam.