South Korea is hastening the launch of a committee to oversee digital assets after the spectacular crypto crash last month that was centred on stablecoin TerraUSD and cryptocurrency Luna, according to local media.
The panel would be launched in the last week of June, reported Korean website NewsPim.
The move follows last month’s crypto crash, prior to which TerraUSD and Luna, two cryptocurrencies founded by South Korean Do Kwon, had been among the world’s most popular digital assets.
Their implosion caused mayhem across the crypto spectrum globally, with bitcoin losing around a quarter of its value from May 9-12.
South Korea’s proposed Digital Assets Committee would serve as a “control tower” until the government is able to draft fundamental legislation on digital assets, NewsPim said.
The committee would monitor the markets and establish guidelines on listing, disclosure, and investor protection. It would also consult a panel made up of the top five South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges – Upbit, Bithumb, Coinone, Cobit and Gopax.
Crypto Crash Cost Investors $42bn
Worth nearly $100 in late April, Luna is now trading at a fraction of one cent. Reckoning they have little to lose with prices so low, South Korean speculators in recent days have piled back into Luna, which lost 99.99% of its value during the crypto crash after its paired stablecoin TerraUSD collapsed. “Luna was once a major coin of top-10 market capitalisation, so they will do whatever it takes to revive it,” one hopeful investor wrote in a blog on South Korea’s internet platform Naver, without saying who “they” could be.
- George Russell, with Reuters