Russia urges N.Korea to halt 'illegal actions'

Russia on Tuesday urged North Korea to halt illegal actions after its neighbour carried out a nuclear test which Moscow said showed Pyongyang's contempt for UN Security Council resolutions.

"By carrying out the new nuclear test, Pyongyang has once again ignored the norms of international law and shown its contempt for UN Security Council resolutions," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "We insist that North Korea halts illegal actions," it added.