Gold prices edged down on Tuesday, after hitting a five-month high in the previous session, on a firmer dollar and higher U.S. Treasury yields, but simmering geopolitical tensions over North Korea continued to offer support. Spot gold had inched down 0.1 percent to $1,282.81 per ounce by 0047 GMT, after hitting its highest since early November at $1,295.42 in the prior session. U.S. gold futures were down 0.5 percent at $1,285.20. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea on Monday that recent American military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed President Donald Trump’s resolve should not be questioned, but Pyongyang vowed to continue missile and nuclear tests.
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