WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States urged North Korea on Saturday not to aggravate tensions as it slammed Pyongyangs latest missile test, apparently timed for the US Independence Day holiday, as not helpful. North Korea should refrain from actions that aggravate tensions and focus on denuclearisation talks and the implementation of its commitments from the September 19, 2005 joint statement, said State Department spokesman Karl Duckworth. This type of North Korean behaviour is not helpful, he told AFP after North Korea test-fired seven missiles off its east coast earlier Saturday, according to South Korean officials. What North Korea needs to do is fulfil its international obligations and commitments, Duckworth said, adding that North Korean missile launches highlight the importance of fully implementing the provisions of the UN resolutions. Meanwhile, Russia and China are convinced that there is no alternative to six-party talks to stop North Koreas nuclear programme, the Russian foreign ministry said Saturday after a meeting with Chinese officials. The two sides are convinced that there is no alternative to the six-party negotiations which are an efficient instrument to resolve the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula, the ministry said in a statement. British foreign minister David Miliband, meanwhile, condemned on Saturday North Koreas latest missile tests as provocations. I condemn North Koreas ballistic missile launches today, in breach of UN Security Council Resolutions, Foreign Secretary Miliband said in a statement. These latest provocations will only strengthen our resolve as we work with international partners to implement the robust measures in the UN Security Council Resolution passed unanimously last month, he added. We will work to ensure North Korea desists from any further launches and eventually return to the negotiating table, Miliband added in his statement on Saturday. In the meantime it is vital that North Korean capacity is contained and tension on the Korean peninsular kept at manageable levels. Meanwhile, Frances foreign ministry condemned Saturday the latest missile tests by North Korea and warned leader Kim Jong-Ils regime against any further provocations. France condemns the missile tests carried out by North Korea on Saturday July 4, which undermine regional security and stability and constitute a violation of (UN) Security Council resolutions 1718 and 1874. It calls on North Korea to refrain from any further provocation and to implement without delay the Security Council resolutions, a ministry spokesman said.