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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Opposes N. Korea Sanctions

Russia will not object to a new UN Security Council resolution amid escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear test but continues to oppose sanctions, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

Russia does not want to see North Korea isolated, and Moscow believes that the only way to resolve the standoff is through the now-suspended six-nation negotiations, Andrei Nesterenko said.

Russia is one of the five permanent veto-wielding members of the Security Council that are discussing possible UN sanctions and other measures.

On Thursday, South Korean and U.S. troops raised their alert to the highest level since 2006 after North Korea renounced its truce with the allied forces and threatened to strike any ships trying to intercept its vessels.

Nesterenko said Russia hoped that the actions of North Korea would "not be used by nations as a pretext for increasing their military potential."