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was confirmed as a result of SBS coverage that the issue of virtual assets such as bitcoin was first discussed at a high-ranking party government meeting that was held privately a while ago. The primary task is to determine the department in charge, and it is said that they do not want to entrust each other.

This is Jeong-Hyun Jeong.

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attendance of Democratic Party Representative Song Young-gil, Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom, and Blue House Secretary Yoo Young-min, it was confirmed that the'virtual mountain issue' was put on the agenda at the closed high-ranking party administration council held at the Prime Minister's Office on the evening of the 16th.

Recently, the number of cases of investing in virtual assets and victims of fraud, etc. has increased, and from next year, the profits of virtual assets will be classified as other income and tax will also be charged. It's the first time they're head-to-head.

Participants in the meeting are said to have reviewed the virtual asset bills previously proposed in the National Assembly with the aim of'protecting investors and strengthening accountability in exchanges.

In particular, it is known that we have discussed where the department or agency responsible for virtual assets will be.

A passport official said, "Most ministries do not want to be in charge of this issue."

Currently, 10 government ministries and institutions are related to the virtual asset issue, centering on the Office of State Adjustment in the Prime Minister's Office.

The next step in the discussion seems to be whether or not to be recognized as an investment asset.

The government uses the term'virtual asset' instead of'virtual currency', but the position so far is that "virtual asset is not currency and cannot be viewed as a financial asset."

(Video coverage: Kim Seung-tae, video editing: Choi Hye-young)