Moreover, with an unprecedented surge in the cryptocurrency trading, South Korea's Prime Minister has expressed a strong worry over its impact on the Korean youth.
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The announcement likely contributed to the price of the best known cryptocurrency, bitcoin (BTC) to drop more than 11% or $1,000 this morning. The new regulations banning anonymous accounts should make it harder for the North to turn a profit on cryptocurrency trading.
The new rules will target anonymous trading of virtual currencies and crack down on money laundering activities, Seoul said.
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Bitcoin climbed as much as 8.3% in Asian trading, before dropping back to trade 5.1% higher at $14 536 at 9.04am in London, composite Bloomberg pricing showed. So, it may be a bit unfair to think that if the currency is supported by retail clients it has no value and if it is supported by institutions than it has more value.
According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, the announcements were made by Hong Nam-ki, the minister of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, after discussion with vice ministers from other governmental bodies regarding the recent rise in cryptocurrency interest and ownership domestically. "We can not leave the abnormal situation of speculation any longer". This follows a huge uptick in trading within the nation, that itself coming at a time when bitcoin's value has skyrocketed to, at one point, more than $19,000 United States dollars. However, this is surely not the first time that we have witnessed this kind of reaction in the Bitcoin price.
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Meanwhile, the Turkish embassy said that Ankara did not give the U.S. any guarantees in connection with the ongoing trials. The Turkish government wants the USA to extradite Gulen to Turkey, for his alleged involvement in the failed coup.
Bitcoin price recently saw a major downturn after it skyrocketed to $19666 levels on December 17.