South Korean crypto clampdown pushes many exchanges to precipice

South Korean crypto clampdown pushes many exchanges to precipice

Korea cryptomarket

Many of South Korea’s 200 crypto exchanges face an “existential crisis” as they struggle to meet conditions for regulatory approval, in a shake-up for one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency markets.

To win a business licence as a legal trading platform, Korean exchanges are required to partner local banks to open real-name bank accounts for customers. But banks are concerned that this could leave them liable for any money laundering in digital currencies.

Now, a deadline of September 24 from the Financial Services Commission is looming, and only a handful of exchanges is expected to meet the requirements, reflecting the pressure on the thousands of crypto exchanges that have sprung up around the world while global regulators tighten up on the market.

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