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South Korean government says will support 'normal' cryptocurrency trading

Choe Heungsik, governor of South Korea's Financial Supervisory Service, told reporters he wants to see normalized trading of digital assets

Eric Lam | Bloomberg 


Bitcoin’s stunning rebound continued on Tuesday, with the world’s largest extending February’s gains after South Korean regulators signaled they will actively support what they called “normal” trading.

In a further shift from earlier rhetoric -- which hinted at an outright ban of exchanges -- Choe Heungsik, governor of South Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service, told reporters he wants to see normalized trading of digital assets, and said the FSS is making efforts to do that. rose 3.8 percent to $11,502 at 7:15 a.m. in New York, heading for a one-month high, according to prices compiled by Bloomberg.

The move takes to almost double its recent intraday low of $5,922 on Feb. 6, while rival coins also advanced, with Litecoin jumping 9.7 percent. Cryptocurrencies had plunged across the board through much of January amid mounting concern regulators would crack down on the burgeoning industry, but they’ve found an apparent bottom after some well-received Senate testimony from U.S. officials and a more conciliatory tone in

did not ban Bitcoin,” said Arthur Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of BitMEX, a Seychelles-based peer-to-peer crypto-coin trading platform. “We’ve now gone up almost double in the last few weeks, and I think a lot of this is people coming around to the fact that trading isn’t going anywhere.”

Establishing a real-name account system and money-laundering guidelines will be among efforts to normalize crypto trading, according to Choe.

“People are seeing governments are not out to ban crypto trading,” Hayes said.

First Published: Tue, February 20 2018. 22:32 IST