TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -"We have to calm down the hotheads and understand that we do need pauses, that we do need some contacts," Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations on Friday where he was attending the annual General Assembly debate.
Lavrov said Moscow was working with other countries "to strive for the reasonable and not the emotional approach -- instead of the kindergarten fight between children (where) no one can stop them."
Russia would welcome any attempt by a third country to mediate in the crisis, Lavrov told the news conference, adding that this could come from a "neutral" European nation.
Russia and China are pushing a joint proposal that would freeze North Korea's nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korean military drills.
Washington has rejected that proposal, describing it as "insulting," and says it will not offer incentives to Pyongyang to come to the negotiating table.