Tensions spiked yet further when North Korean state media later said Pyongyang was considering strikes near U.S. military installations in Guam.
In the USA, major indexes closed slightly lower as investors digested geopolitical tensions, with the Dow Jones industrial average sliding 0.17 percent to close at 22,048.70.
Crude oil prices tumbled on the back of the selloff on Wall Street and lingering concerns over global oversupply.
Rising geopolitical tensions were heightened further when U.S. President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang it should be "very, very nervous" if it even thinks about attacking the United States or its allies, after Pyongyang said it was making plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
The Japanese market was closed in observance of the Mountain Day holiday.
But U.S. stocks regained some lost ground, despite Trump's comments Friday that U.S. weapons are "locked and loaded", ready to respond if North Korea acts "unwisely".
CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 109.78 yen from 110.06 late Wednesday in Asia.
Investors instead turned to safe-haven assets such as gold, pushing it to a two-month high, and the Japanese yen rose.
Mike van Dulken, head of research at Accendo Markets, said: "Equities are nursing losses thanks to an unwelcome escalation in geopolitical tensions between the United States and North Korea, both trading nuclear threats that have awoken volatility from its slumber and seen risk assets shunned in favour of the traditional safe havens". Shares of Macy's lost almost 10% and Kohl's fell 6.9%.
Military option for Venezuela on the table
"As Minister of Defense and as a citizen I say this is a insane act, an act of supreme extremism", CNN quoted Padrino as saying. Venezuela was "a mess, a very risky mess and a sad situation", Trump said, adding that people there were suffering and dying.
In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.41 percent, with the index driven by broad-based gains, with only the energy and utilities sub-indexes registering slight losses. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index plummeted 560.49 points or 2% to 26,883.51. "What's happened in North Korea is enough to do that".
Inflation has risen 1.7 percent over the past 12 months, suggesting that inflation pressures remain well under control.
While the German DAX Index has edged down by 0.1%, the French CAC 40 Index and the UK's FTSE 100 Index are both down by 1%.
Data overnight from China showed that China's producer price gains held steady on surging commodity prices, as demand stayed resilient and the government's drive to reduce industrial capacity takes hold.
A Labour Department report showed its producer price index posted a surprise drop in July, down 0.1 percent for the largest slide in nearly a year.
"Investors tend to be more cautious ahead of economic data, especially when the prices are high".
Shares of Blue Apron Holdings fell 17% after it said it lost more money than analysts had expected in its first quarterly earnings report since going public in June.
Kohl's, another department store chain, slumped 8.9 percent after reporting that second-quarter sales dipped 0.9 percent compared with the year-ago period.
Des voix s'élèvent régulièrement pour demander un référendum d'autodétermination, rejeté par la justice fédérale américaine. Si le venin de ce serpent n'est pas mortel pour l'homme, il a déjà détruit de nombreuses espèces d'oiseaux et de lézards.
The change will allow people who had not yet passed their test to drive on Britain's motorways with an approved instructor. It will apply only to cars, not to motorbikes, and only in England, Wales and Scotland.
En este sentido, las autoridades argentinas consideran que esta condecoración debe ser otorgada "exclusivamente" a dirigentes que, "en el ejercicio de sus funciones, merezcan en alto grado el honor y reconocimiento de la República".
HPM Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Royal Bank Scotland PLC (The ) during the first quarter valued at $166,000. Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company.
If somebody else uttered the exact same words that I uttered, they'd say what a great statement, what a wonderful statement. Guam is a USA territory in an area of the Pacific that North Korea has threatened to strike with missiles.
Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy finished their second rounds in the near dark to ensure an early start wasn't required on Saturday. The Saturday of any tournament is universally known as the moving day, with Day proving that conclusively this morning.
Trump made no reply to a reporter's shouted question whether he had spoken out strongly enough against white nationalists. President - we must call evil by its name". "I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here", said Singer on Twitter .
BidaskClub raised Digital Realty Trust from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note on Saturday, June 24th. Robeco Institutional Asset Management sold 15,117 shares as Federal Realty Invt Tr (FRT)'s stock declined 10.71%.
The Great American Eclipse Era Is About To Begin
A limited supply of free eclipse glasses are also available from the Brookings Public Library (limit two per family). Unfortunately, numerous solar glasses available online may be counterfeit or do not meet safety specifications.
Former champion Sharapova withdraws from Cincinnati
An ongoing left arm injury has forced former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova to withdraw from the Western and Southern Open . She had not played in the U.S. since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.
Man dies after crash on Naas Road in Dublin
Commuters are facing major traffic delays with tailbacks being reported at Newlands Cross. The road was closed for a Garda forensic examination, but it has since reopened.
New UCSD Research Suggests Life on Other Planets
While they may have honed in on its age, the scientists haven't yet figured out what this means for its potential to support life. The researchers point to Mars as a similar example, in our own solar system, that has experienced this type of stripping.