During a nationally broadcast town hall-style address, Russian President Vladimir Putin pitched a more open stance in dealing with North Korea: “You must never push one of the participants in talks into a corner.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said North Korea should not be driven into a corner if the world wants to rein in its nuclear weapons programme.
He said some negotiators “failed to find the right tone” with the country.
He is taking part in a live TV phone-in with Russians nationwide, which is being broadcast on TV and radio.
He has repeated he will not try to run for office again when his term ends in 2008, but said he would try to continue to influence political affairs.