TOKYO — Asian stocks are mostly lower as investors ponder escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2 percent to 19,705.96. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.2 percent to 5,779.20, while South Korea’s Kospi fell 1.1 percent to 2,342.19. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dipped 1.6 percent to 27,314.74. The Shanghai Composite slipped 1.1 percent to 3,240.69.
NORTH KOREA: President Donald Trump warned North Korea of “fire and fury” this week in response to recent threats from Pyongyang, which said it was examining plans for attacking Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific with a military base. Trump’s comments followed reports the North has mastered a technology needed to strike the United States with a nuclear missile.
WALL STREET: Investors’ unease over such escalating tensions weighed on stocks earlier in the day, although that…
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