Markets in Japan, South Korea and China closed lower on Friday, as geopolitical tensions in the region heightened, while other major bourses in Asia remained closed for a public holiday.
In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei 225 closed down 91.21 points, or 0.49 percent, at 18,335.63, while the Topix slid 9.24 points, or 0.63 percent, to 1,459.07. Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi closed down 13.73 points, or 0.64 percent, at 2,134.88. Chinese mainland markets were also down — the Shanghai composite finished down 31.47 points, or 0.96 percent, at 3,244.48 and the Shenzhen composite fell 28.01 points, or 1.39 percent, to 1,986.64. Taiwan's Taiex fell 103.75 points, or 1.05 percent, to 9,732.93.
The session in Asia followed a lower finish on Wall Street, after U.S. military forces dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan on Thursday.
This is the first time the GBU-43 bomb, known as the "mother of all bombs," has ever been used in combat, according to Adam Stump, the Pentagon spokesman. The bomb contains 11 tons of explosives and is also known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb.
Meanwhile, tensions between the U.S. and North Korea heightened after an official for the reclusive regime on Friday
In an interview with the AP, Vice Minister Han Song Ryol warned the U.S. against provoking North Korea military and said, "We will go to war if they choose."
U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News the U.S. is prepared to launch a pre-emptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that the country is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test.
The dollar index, which measures the U.S. dollar against a basket of currencies, traded at 100.59 at 2:17 p.m. HK/SIN, climbing from levels near 100.01 in previous sessions.
"The U.S. dollar took its cue from yields, weaving in and out of negative territory," Kathy Lien, managing director of foreign exchange strategy at BK Asset Management, said in a note. But, Lien said, geopolitical risks remain front and center, following the bombing in Afghanistan.