"If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so", the editorial's authors said.
USA stocks rose on Friday as Wall Street clawed back from a sharp decline in the previous session, though geopolitical uncertainty continued to be the focus for investors, contributing to weekly declines.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 37 points, or 0.17%, to end at 22,049, the S&P 500 lost one point, or 0.04%, to 2,474 and the Nasdaq Composite fell 18 points, or 0.28%, to 6,352.
Apart from geopolitical worries, some technical analysts like Tom McClellan, editor of the McClellan Market Report, blamed seasonality for this week's sharp retreat given August's record as a weak month for stocks.
Technology companies were leading a broad slide in USA stocks in early trading Thursday as investors pored over the latest batch of corporate earnings reports.
Trump continued the back-and-forth with a post on Twitter this morning indicating that the U.S.is prepared to take military action against North Korea. Financial companies and department store operators were among the big decliners.
FINANCIALS FALLING: Several financial sector companies also helped pull down the market. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 19 points, or 1.4 percent, to 1,377.
Disappointing quarterly results from big department store chains also weighed down the market. Macy's sank 10.3 percent and Kohl's lost 5.8 percent. Dillard's slumped 17.8 percent after the chain booked a loss for the second quarter as increased inventory led to big discounts.
Blue Apron shares hit a record low at $5.03 after the meal-kit delivery service provider reported a bigger-than-expected loss in its first quarterly report as a public company.
Dow member Disney dropped 3.9 percent as it reported flat third-quarter revenues due in part to weakness in its cable subscription business.
The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.67 cents USA, down 0.04 of a US cent. The euro fell to $1.1728 from $1.1757. The u.s. central bank, one of whose tasks is to contain the price rise, does not therefore appear to be obliged to accelerate the pace of the slow tightening of monetary that it has committed.
The price of gold also surged for the second day in a row as the December bullion contract advanced $10.80 U.S.to $1,290.10 U.S.an ounce. It added 39 cents to $49.56 a barrel overnight.
The annual decline in prices stands at 1.7% in July, compared to 1.6 % in June, according to the index, below the 2% target of the federal Reserve. Brent crude, used to price global oils, slid 52 cents, or 1 percent, to $52.18.
MARKETS OVERSEAS: Major indexes in Europe slumped. Altice USA, the subsidiary of the French company, added 0.1 percent.