Kim Jong-un has responded to Donald Trump's recent threats where the latter said he would "totally destroy" North Korea if the US or its allies were attacked.
Rate-setters at the Bank of Japan kept all their main policy settings in place overnight despite recent stronger-than-expected economic growth, even as inflation continued to fall short of its target by a wide margin.
Most markets in Asia finished lower on Thursday, as investors digested news out of the US Federal Reserve overnight.
Standard & Poor's cut its rating on China's long-term debt rating following a prolonged period of strong credit growth that has increased the country's financial and economic risks.
Monday saw some respite for the US dollar as it gained 0.
The rebound in commodity prices will support company pricing and profits, while helping to put in place a base for inflation readings and leading to higher bond yields, providing a key catalyst for stocks to gain into year-end, although North Korea remained a 'wild card', analysts at JP Morgan told clients.
Inflation in China rose past forecasts last month at both the retail level and factory gate level.