On January 15, in a public press conference, South Korea President Moon Jae-in’s executive office Blue House spokesperson Jeong Ki-joon, emphasized that there will be no cryptocurrency trading ban in the near future.
In an official announcement, spokesperson Jeong noted that the cryptocurrency regulation task force created by the government will improve and alter the original proposal by the Justice Ministry to ban cryptocurrency trading and introduce practical regulations to foster the cryptocurrency market.
The statement of spokesperson Jeong, read:
“First, the South Korean government will pursue the crackdown on anonymous cryptocurrency trading accounts and will punish market manipulation, money laundering, and fraudulent transactions through joint investigations participated by the local law enforcement and financial authorities.
Second, the cryptocurrency trading ban proposal introduced by Justice Minister Park Sang-ki was a suggestion made by the Justice Ministry on December 28 to bring speculation within the cryptocurrency market under control. The proposal will be discussed and changed by the task force participated by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, central bank, Fair Trade Commission, and other agencies.
Third, excessive speculation and fraudulent activities will be met with severe consequences. But, the government will support and even finance blockchain technology development.”
The ban on foreigners and underaged investors from trading cryptocurrencies is expected to be implemented on January 20, and by the end of this month, South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges are also expected to reopen registrations for new users and investors.
The statement of the South Korean government came after several high ranking officials including Nam Kyung-pil, former congressman and a member of the National Assembly, heavily criticized critics and the government for their inability to understand and properly regulate the cryptocurrency market.
“Calling bitcoin a tulip bubble is ridiculing the South Korean people. Its a baseless condemnation of the currency. Gov’t should focus on fostering crypto market if it doesn’t want to be left behind,” Nam said.