Japanese yen soars on tensions in Korean peninsula

Japanese yen soars on tensions in Korean peninsula

On Wednesday, the evergreen buck weakened versus the Japanese yen on worries about growing tensions between America and North Korea while the Canadian dollar was firm after the nation's key bank chief supported an interest rate lift.

The US dollar lost 0.3% during early trade, fetching 112.95 yen and drifting away from Monday's 1-1/2-month peak of 113.48.

The Japanese yen tends to be bought back following global uncertainty as Japanese investors might dare to repatriate their foreign investment notwithstanding Japan’s proximity to North Korea.

On Wednesday, Pyongyang announced it had successfully tested a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of carrying a large and heavy nuclear warhead, thus triggering an immediate call by Washington for global action to hold the isolated regime accountable for its ongoing pursuit of nuclear weapons.

As for the Canadian dollar, it held firm enough, showing C$1.2934 per dollar, having reached a 10-month peak of C$1.2912 to the greenback on Tuesday.

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