Blockchain 

UN Claims Hong Kong Blockchain Firm Is North Korean Laundering Sham

The United Nations Security Council’s Sanctions Committee on North Korea has accused the country of using a Hong Kong-based blockchain firm as a front to launder money.  As South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Nov. 6, the committee conducted an investigation into the various strategies allegedly employed by the North to evade sanctions using cryptocurrencies and other means. The Committee’s allegations The Committee alleges that “Marine China” — a  blockchain-focused shipping and logistics firm registered in Hong Kong — was created by North Korean actors; its owner and sole…

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Blockchain 

New Gov’t Initiative to Put South Korean Trade on Blockchain by 2021

The South Korean government is planning to establish a digital trade foundation to reduce the costs of trade by using blockchain technology. Reduce trade costs by more than 90% On Oct. 14, South Korean Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki introduced the country’s Development Plan for Digital Trade. Under the plan, technologies such as blockchain, big data and AI, will be applied to digitize the entire Korean trade finance ecosystem by the year 2021. Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki reportedly said: “We will build a digital trading platform that can be easily and…

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Blockchain 

South Korean Blockchain Startup Raises $8M for Identity Authentication

Blockchain company Iconloop has secured 10 billion Korean won (KRW) (over $8 million) from seven investment companies participating in a Series A funding round. Per an Oct. 10 announcement, it was Iconloop’s first venture capital investment since its establishment in 2016, with the participation of companies such as Korea Technology Finance Corporation (KOTEC) and T.S. Investment, among others. Building blockchain-based identity authentication service Iconloop is planning to allocate the raised funds to launching its blockchain-based digital identity authentication service called “my-ID”. According to the company, my-ID can be used for…

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Blockchain 

South Korean KB Kookmin Bank Adopts Blockchain to Improve Internal Processes

Major South Korean bank KB Kookmin Bank is planning to integrate blockchain technology into its internal processes. As local news outlet Korea JoongAng Daily reported on Oct. 7, KB Kookmin stated that blockchain technology could provide a spectrum of benefits to the financial industry, including the issuance of digital tokens, funding, custodial services and trading. Taking a proactive approach toward blockchain adoption As for the bank itself, it intends to deploy decentralized ledger technology to fight money laundering, improve verification services, custodial services and token offerings. Lee Woo-yeol, CIO at…

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Blockchain 

Major South Korean Store Chain Supports Blockchain Payments App

Mobile payments app CHAI is launching mobile blockchain-based payments at 13,500 CU convenience stores in South Korea. According to an Oct. 7 press release shared with Cointelegraph by blockchain startup Terra, CHAI — which operates on the Terra blockchain — will now be accepted as a means of payment at the major convenience store chain. App support will be added at CU by the end of 2019 following a partnership between CHAI and convenience store operator BGF Retail, which owns the stores in question. Per the release, CHAI will also…

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Bitcoin 

South Korean Exchange Upbit Ends Orderbook Partnership With Bittrex

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Upbit has broken its partnership with Bittrex in a reorganization of its Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Tether (USDT) markets, local South Korean news outlet Decenter reported on Sept. 25.  Previously it had a shared order book arrangement, with Bittrex orders being visible in the Upbit bid windows. Upcoming reorganization of markets In a notice to customers, Upbit announced its intention to introduce changes into its BTC, ETH and USDT markets. These changes include the introduction of market orders, limit orders, and stop-limit features, although no…

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Blockchain 

Major South Korean Mobile Carrier Launches Blockchain Project

Union Mobile, the fourth-largest mobile carrier in South Korea, announced the launch of its blockchain project called ELYNET. Using blockchain to make communication more efficient  On Sept. 11, Union Mobile announced that ELYNET aims to use blockchain technology to make telecommunications more efficient for those users who rely on a single carrier for telecom service. ELYNET will purportedly allow users to freely use data communication services without roaming fees and contracts. Union Mobile’s CEO Seyong Ro explained that the platform will launch with an accompanying token, stating: “This will help…

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Blockchain 

LG Developing a Blockchain Phone in Response to Samsung: Korean Media

South Korean electronics giant LG is working with blockchain developers to launch a rival to Samsung’s Klaytn blockchain smartphone, sources have said. LG in talks with local developers Speaking to local daily news outlet Chosun on Sept. 8, an industry insider said LG had already held discussions with local decentralized application (DApp) developers and had worked out a use case for its future product.  “LG is likely to respond to Samsung’s innovation initiative,” he told the publication.  The news comes a week after reports Korean messaging service Kakao Corp. was…

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Blockchain 

South Korean ArtBloc to Sell David Hockney Paintings via Blockchain

South Korean art-focused blockchain project ArtBloc will conduct a fractionalized ownership sale of two paintings by popular British painter David Hockney. ArtBloc launch commemoration ArtBloc plans to host a special event introducing the blockchain-enabled fractionalized ownership sale of two of David Hockney’s paintings in Seoul on Sept. 19, local outlet KoreaTechDesk reported on Aug. 29. “Hockney Night with ArtBloc” will also function as ArtBloc’s launch party, where art enthusiasts will be able to check out work by Hockney that has reportedly never before been on display in South Korea. Fractionalized…

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Blockchain 

Cointelegraph Launches Korean HQ in Seoul, Expanding Presence in Asia

Cointelegraph is pleased to announce that we are continuing to increase our presence in Asia with the launch of Cointelegraph Korea. Today, Aug. 23, we celebrated the launch of a Korean-language version of Cointelegraph and the opening of our Korean headquarters in Seoul. To commemorate the move, Cointelegraph hosted an event in the city’s financial district, attended by over 150 guests from the finance and blockchain industries. Guests included representatives from banking giants Woori Financial Group and Shinhan Financial Group, as well as Busan-based securities operator Korea Exchange. The city…

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