RTTNews - The Bank of Korea on Thursday decided to keep interest rates on hold, maintaining the record low of 2.00 percent for the sixth straight meeting, and in line with expectations.

Before also holding rates at the March 12 and April 9 meetings, the bank had trimmed rates by 50 basis points to 2 percent on February 12, marking the sixth rate cut in the previous four months.

The BoK had pared rates by 25 basis points on October 9 and then slashed them again by 75 basis points in an emergency meeting on October 27. Then on December 11, the bank slashed rates by another 100 basis points in the largest rate cut in the bank's history - since it started adopting a benchmark interest rate in 1999. On January 9, the bank trimmed rates by 50 basis points to 2.50 percent.

Before raising rates in August to combat inflation, the board had left interest rates at 5.00 percent for 11 straight meetings.

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