Russian President Vladimir Putin has said pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is "useless", saying "they'd rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme".
Mr Putin also said that the ramping up of "military hysteria" could lead to global catastrophe.
He said diplomacy was the only answer.
China, the North's main ally, has also called for a return to negotiations.
China's envoy to the UN, Liu Jieyi, said: "China will never allow chaos and war on the peninsula."
Is there anyone left who is still under the illusion that the US is a force for good in this world?