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European stock markets extend losses at open

European stock markets extend losses at open

"European shares are trading once again lower. continuing their slide on the back of ever more increasing tensions between North Korea and the U.S.", added analyst Markus Huber at City of London Markets.

As of 12:20 BST, the FTSE 100 index had lost 83 points to stand 1.12 percent lower at 7,306.94, staying on track to post a near three-percent loss for the week.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 was 0.4 percent lower at 11,961.60 points.

The South Korean Won is also suffering, falling by 0.8% to a four-week low against the U.S. dollar. The index, which hovered below record highs this week, has slipped more than 3 per cent since Mr Trump said on Tuesday that the United States would unleash "fire and fury" if Pyongyang continued to issue threats.

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The stock market jitters came as North Korea outlined plans to launch missiles aimed at the waters off the coast of the US Pacific territory of Guam.

ANALYST TAKE: "Equities look set to end this week on a downer, as geopolitical uncertainty regarding North Korea shakes volatility from its 2017 slumber", said Mike van Dulken, head of Research at Accendo Markets.

The escalation of the rhetoric between the USA and North Korea is keeping market participants on their toes and with no fresh economic reports the price action is dictated by the headlines. Both the core and headline rates are expected to have risen by 0.2 percent during July. "Should we see another dip in inflation in July, it could make the job of building a consensus for another rate hike this year more hard". Australia was off 1.2 percent. Coca-Cola HBC's share price now stands 1.12 percent higher at 2,621.00p.