April 19, 2024
Policy & Regulation

South Korean ‘Ineligible’ Crypto Exchanges Face Expulsion Under New FIU Proposal

In a bold move, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has unveiled plans to expel ‘ineligible’ South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges starting this year. The announcement came as part of the FIU’s ‘2024 Work Plan,’ revealing stringent measures to tighten regulations within the burgeoning crypto industry.

The proposal comes at a pivotal moment, coinciding with the renewal period for virtual asset exchanges that received government approval three years ago. The FIU aims to overhaul its regulatory framework in preparation for the implementation of the comprehensive Virtual Asset User Protection Act scheduled for July.

According to local media reports, the FIU will intensify scrutiny and inspections of South Korean crypto exchanges. The assessments will focus on evaluating their susceptibility to money laundering, user protection protocols, and operational capabilities in the won market. Any exchanges found lacking in these criteria during inspections will be labeled ‘ineligible’ and face expulsion from the country.

Simultaneously, the FIU plans to fortify its defenses against ‘unfit’ virtual asset exchanges attempting to enter the domestic market. This involves broadening the scope of screening targets to include major shareholders, imposing stricter regulations on those with a history of violations, and incorporating social credit requirements such as a track record of defaulting on debt.

A noteworthy aspect of the proposal is the introduction of a preemptive trading suspension system, echoing recommendations from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The system aims to swiftly detect potential criminal activities by suspending suspicious transactions at the pre-investigation stages.

The FIU’s comprehensive approach signifies a commitment to enhancing the integrity and security of South Korea’s cryptocurrency landscape. By implementing these measures, the regulatory body aims to create a robust framework that ensures the compliance and reliability of crypto exchanges operating within the country. As the industry evolves, South Korea’s stance on crypto regulation underscores its dedication to fostering a secure and transparent digital asset ecosystem.

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