SEOUL, April 30 (Reuters) - South Korea's central bank kept interest rates steady in a 4-3 vote at its monetary policy members earlier this month with three of the board members calling for a rate cut, minutes released on Tuesday showed.
Monetary policy committee members Ha Sung-keun, Chung Hae-bang and Chung Soon-won voted to cut rates at the April 11 meeting, citing the need for lower interest rates in response to Japan's massive monetary easing and the South Korean economy taking longer than expected to recover.
The Bank of Korea kept the policy rate unchanged at 2.75 percent at the meeting, beating down government bonds which had their worst day in more than two years after the surprise decision.
(Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Eric Meijer) Keywords: KOREA ECONOMY/RATES
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