Japan: not aware of IMF $600 billion euro zone aid plan

Thu Dec 8, 2011 9:01am EST
 
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By Tetsushi Kajimoto

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese government official said on Thursday he had not heard of a reported $600 billion IMF lending facility to help the euro zone, although Japan would consider providing bilateral loans to the Fund if warranted by developments in Europe.

The Nikkei newspaper reported earlier that the Group of 20 nations were planning to assemble the lending facility and that it could be used to bolster euro zone countries.

Key members like Japan, the United States and China would contribute to the facility, the Nikkei said.

The official called the report "speculation among speculations."

"I generally hear such discussion as each country may provide bilateral loans to the IMF," the official, who declined to be named, told reporters.

"I'm not aware of any concrete talks taking place as to whether, when and how much of such contribution would be made as there's no substance to how the IMF would support Europe."

A South Korean G20 officials also denied there were any new developments concerning the International Monetary Fund's lending capacity.

"There's no progress made on the matter of seeking ways to boost financial resources at the IMF since the Cannes (G20) summit," he told Reuters.   Continued...