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South Korean Crypto Lender Pauses Withdrawals Citing Heightened Market Volatility

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Updated by Geraint Price
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In Brief

  • South Korean crypto lender Delio suspends withdrawals due to market volatility
  • It is registered as Virtual Asset Service Provider in South Korea.
  • The move has sparked criticism from the community
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South Korea-based crypto lender Delio announced a withdrawal pause. The lender is the only domestic virtual asset deposit service to have reported to financial authorities as a virtual asset provider (VASP).

Since last year, various crypto companies crumbled down to bankruptcy after pausing withdrawals. Hence, the announcement about a company pausing withdrawals sparks panic in the community.

Delio Pauses Withdrawal Due to Haru Invest Contagion

According to Decenter, South Korean crypto lender Delio announced suspending withdrawals from June 14, 18:30. Delio claims it had to take the measures due to heightened market volatility after Haru Invest suspended deposits and withdrawals yesterday.

It is worth noting that Haru Invest is registered as VASP in the European Union (EU), while Delio is registered as VASP in South Korea. Would regulators be able to protect investors’ wealth in these jurisdictions?

Due to Delio’s withdrawal pause, the South Korean exchange Upbit limited the crypto lender’s withdrawals from the exchange.

Community: Halting Withdraw is a Death Sentence

Delio’s withdrawal pause has invited heavy criticism from the community. A community member made a sarcastic remark on Twitter:

“hEiGhTeNeD MaRkEt VoLaTiLiTy

The Market has never been this sideways, what market volatility are we talking about?”

Also, there is frustrating sentiment about Delio’s move. Last year many crypto companies such as Celsius, Voyager, Vauld, Babel Finance, and BlockFi paused withdrawals and later filed for bankruptcy.

Learn more about crypto lending platforms here.

Hence, the community believes that halting withdrawal is a death sentence. A Twitter user wrote:

“Halting withdrawals is always a death sentence. It means the exchange got washed in the volatility trading YOUR funds and now they can’t cover.”

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...
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