Asian markets closed slightly lower on Friday following overnight news that U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a scheduled summit with Kim Jong Un.
South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.21 percent to 2,460.80, with gains in tech heavyweights failing to give the overall index a boost as steelmakers and financials took a hit. Over in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 shed 0.07 percent to end at 6,032.80, with the energy and materials subindexes contributing to losses.
Greater China markets eased in the morning, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index slipping 0.48 percent by 3:00 p.m. HK/SIN as energy and tech sector stocks moved lower. On the mainland, the Shanghai composite edged down by 0.4 percent to finish at 3,142.17 and the Shenzhen composite declined 0.93 percent to 1,810.03.