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  • *Copper near 3- year high on China optimism. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was off 0.05 percent having shed 0.8 percent the previous day, with South Korea's Kospi was off 0.1 percent after sliding to three-week lows on Monday. The pan-European STOXX 600 index and euro zone blue chips both fell 0.5 percent and all major bourses, from...

  • Abraham Denmark of the Wilson Center says he doesn't see any indication that economic sanctions will convince Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear ambitions.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 4- U.S. stock index futures were modestly lower on Monday, paring losses from Sunday after North Korea said it conducted a hydrogen bomb test. North Korea on Sunday conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, marking a dramatic escalation of the regime's stand-off with...

  • Getting China to increase economic pressure on North Korea is an important part of a expected long diplomatic process, says Michael Green, SVP, Asia & Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

  • Markets in Japan will likely take a new weapons test by North Korea in stride, says Nicholas Smith, Japan strategist, CLSA.

  • SEOUL, Sept 4- Wearing a pink Korean dress and flashing a wide smile, television presenter Ri Chun Hee delivered the news of Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test with her usual gusto. "She's the perfect person to voice North Korea's hard-line stance," said Ahn Chan- il, a high-ranking North Korean defector who now lives in South Korea. She famously wept on air when...

  • Karsten Junius, chief economist, Bank J Safra Sarasin, says the markets need to be more mindful that the tensions on the Korean peninsula are a major tail risk.

  • North Korea has been consistent that its pursuit of nuclear weapons is for deterrence, says John Park, director Korea Working Group, Harvard Kennedy School.

  • *Brent oil falls after North Korea nuclear test. NEW YORK, Sept 4- U.S. crude oil prices edged higher on Monday while gasoline prices slumped to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels, as oil refineries and pipelines in the U.S. Gulf Coast slowly resumed activity, easing supply concerns. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were 8 cents higher at $47.37 per barrel at 1351 EDT...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Sept 4- The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to vote next Monday to impose "the strongest possible" sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and largest nuclear test, U.S. North Korea said it tested an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile on Sunday, prompting global condemnation and a U.S. warning of a "massive"...

  • LONDON, Sept 4- Germany's short-dated government bond yields dipped to their lowest levels in over four months on Monday after the sixth and most powerful North Korean nuclear test a day earlier lifted demand for safe-haven assets. South Korea said on Monday it was talking to the United States about deploying aircraft carriers and bombers to the Korean...

  • *Brent oil falls after North Korea nuclear test. NEW YORK, Sept 4- U.S. crude oil prices edged higher on Monday while gasoline prices slumped to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels, as oil refineries and pipelines in the U.S. Gulf Coast slowly resumed activity, easing supply concerns. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were up 20 cents at $47.49 per barrel by 11:22 a.m....

  • UNITED NATIONS, Sept 4- China's U.N Ambassador Liu Jieyi urged North Korea to "stop taking actions that are wrong" and called on all parties to "seriously consider" Beijing's proposal for a joint suspension of Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear programs and military drills by the United States and South Korea. "We strongly urge... stop taking actions that are...

  • *Seoul, Tokyo stock markets bear brunt of sell-off. LONDON, Sept 4- Stocks and the dollar fell on Monday while the Japanese yen, gold and sovereign bonds rose after North Korea's most powerful nuclear test to date dampened investor appetite for risk. Sunday's test, and reports from Seoul that Pyongyang was preparing for another missile launch, sparked warnings...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Sept 4- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "counts on the Security Council to remain united and take appropriate action" on North Korea, his political affairs chief, Jeffrey Feltman, said on Monday after Pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test. Feltman warned the 15- member Security Council that "as tensions rise, so does the...

  • *Brent oil falls after North Korea nuclear test. LONDON, Sept 4- Benchmark U.S. gasoline prices slumped on Monday to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels as oil refineries and pipelines in the U.S. Gulf Coast slowly resumed activity, easing supply concerns. West Texas Intermediate crude futures, however, were up 34 cents at $47.63 barrel as U.S. demand, hit by reduced...

  • Characteristic mushroom shaped cloud begins formation after the first H-Bomb explosion (US) at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacifi on 6th November 1952.

    North Korea announced on Sunday that it had successfully conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, using what it said was an advanced hydrogen bomb — or an 'H-bomb'.

  • *Brent oil falls after North Korea nuclear test. LONDON, Sept 4- Benchmark U.S. gasoline prices slumped on Monday to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels as oil refineries and pipelines in the U.S. Gulf Coast slowly resumed activity, easing supply concerns. West Texas Intermediate crude futures, however, were up 13 cents at $47.42 barrel as U.S. demand, hit by reduced...

  • *Seoul, Tokyo stock markets bear brunt of sell-off. LONDON, Sept 4- Stocks and the dollar fell on Monday while the yen, gold and sovereign bonds rose after North Korea's most powerful nuclear test to date dampened investor appetite for risk. Sunday's test, and reports from Seoul that Pyongyang was making preparations for another missile launch, sparked warnings...

  • The 'Friendship Bridge' is seen in the background as Chinese men take part in morning exercises on the Yalu river in the border city of Dandong, Liaoning province, northern China across from the city of Sinuiju, North Korea on May 23, 2017 in Dandong, China.

    President Trump said the US could consider stopping all trade with countries doing business in North Korea.