"Outside South Korea, some people are anxious, but we don't feel like that in our daily lives", Ms Choi Na Young, an office worker in central Seoul, told Reuters. Hong Kong markets were closed and so were markets in Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries.
His warning came as analysts said North Korea may be preparing for a sixth nuclear test ahead of a key anniversary in the country and following the deployment of a United States naval strike group to the region.
The NSC, in a meeting on Thursday, also discussed how to cope with a possible flood of North Korean refugees into Japan, among whom might be North Korean spies and agents, Japanese media reported.
Amid rising tensions, the United States has sent an aircraft carrier to waters off North Korea and has engaged in the biggest-ever joint military exercise with its South Korea allies, prompting North Korea to warn it will take the "toughest countermeasures", to include razing US bases in South Korea, NK News reported. For most young South Koreans, today was less about fear of war than about the tongue-in-cheek holiday "Black Day", an answer for singles to the important couples' holiday White Day, held a month earlier.
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China's Global Times daily reports that Wu urged South Korea to help resume talks, because only multilateral dialogue will prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons.
The South Korean military said it is closely monitoring any development from across the border, assessing the North is capable of detonating a device at the northern or southern portals of the Punggye-ri nuclear complex.
The benchmark U.S. Treasury yield skidded to its lowest levels since November on Thursday, after Trump said in a Wall Street Journal interview published late Wednesday that he favoured low interest rates. It is moving closer to developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could threaten the US mainland, analysts have said. The Nasdaq composite index lost 0.5 percent to 5,805.15. On Thursday, benchmark USA crude rose 7 cents to close at $53.18 per barrel in NY.
The euro was steady on the day at $1.0611 EUR= .