Seoul shares end lower on foreign selling amid tensions over North Korea

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Ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun said South Korean and USA officials were closely monitoring relevant moves in preparation for North Korea's "further provocation", Xinhua news agency reported.

Security and defense officials on Guam say there is no imminent threat to people there or in the Northern Mariana Islands after North Korea said it was examining its operational plans for attack.

South Korea's military said on Thursday North Korea's recent statements regarding striking the USA territory of Guam are a challenge against Seoul and the U.S.

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Chung Eui-yong (L), chief of the Presidential National Security Office and chairman of the National Security Council standing committee, sits tight-lipped in a weekly meeting of top presidential aides held at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on August 10, 2017.

North Korea claimed on Wednesday that it is reviewing military options to fire four of its Hwaseong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles to hit areas surrounding the USA territory of Guam.

China, which is North Korea's closest ally despite its anger at Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs, described the situation as "complex and sensitive", and urged calm and a return to talks.

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A Cheong Wa Dae official earlier noted the ministers and the spy agency chief had often sent their deputies in their place to standing committee meetings in the past.

Also, they apparently included resuming dialogue with the reclusive North.

Ryu Yong-seok, a market analyst at KB Securities, said tensions between North Korea and the U.S. are a negative factor in the local stock markets that dragged down the index.

N. Korea threatens attack on Gaum after Trump's 'fire and fury' warning
The response from Pyongyang was its most public and detailed threat to date, and evidently meant to goad the U.S. president. The Telegraph notes that North Korea is thought to have around 1,000 ballistic missiles and many of them are short-range.

With a war of words escalating between North Korea and the United States, it behooves investors to study the industries that short sellers like most in South Korea: pharmaceuticals and biotech, capital goods, autos, technology and software/services.

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