APTOPIX South Korea Interest Rate

June 10, 2011 - 2:58 AM
Kim Choong-soo, governor of the Bank of Korea, bangs the gavel to preside over a meeting to decide a benchmark call rate at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 10, 2011. South Korea's central bank has raised its key interest rate for the fifth time in less than a year as it battles inflation.The Bank of Korea announced Friday that it lifted the benchmark rate to 3.25 percent from 3 percent at a monthly monetary policy meeting. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)