The United Nations Security Council is to vote on a US-drafted resolution to impose sanctions on North Korea over its latest nuclear test. If passed, the measures would add to a host of sanctions already in place.
Moscow has called US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments "constructive." US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had appeared to reverse US North Korea policy.
A top UN official said he encouraged North Korea to be open to "talks about talks" during a visit to the country. The United States also appeared to drop preconditions for talking with North Korea.
The UN's Undersecretary-General Jeffrey Feltman is leading the organization's highest-level visit to Pyongyang in more than six years. It comes amid massive war games on the peninsula and after a successful missile test.
At a time when the United States is calling for more restrictions on fuel exports to North Korea, Russia may be attempting to avoid the total collapse of the regime in Pyongyang. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
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