S.Korea fin min says country is willing to join CPTPP

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's finance minister on Monday said the country will begin preparations to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trading bloc.

"South Korea will initiate relevant procedures based on discussions with various stakeholders to push for the membership at the CPTPP," Hong Nam-ki said at a policy meeting in Seoul.

CPTPP is a free trade agreement that links Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Singapore.

(Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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