April 16, 2018 / 2:29 AM / 4 months ago

S.Korea minister says GM Korea needs to be able to survive on own in long-term

SEOUL, April 16 (Reuters) - South Korea's finance minister said on Monday that public funds could only be used to support the South Korean auto unit of General Motors Co if it was clear that the business could survive on its own long-term.

Speaking to reporters after a policy meeting in Seoul, Kim Dong-yeon said major shareholders and other parties involved need to swiftly come to an agreement on sharing the burden of improving the loss-making operation.

GM shocked South Korea in February with plans to close one local plant and leaving the fate of three others unclear. It is seeking government funding and incentives as well as wage concessions to save the unit, which just posted an annual net loss of $1.1 billion, its fourth straight year in the red.

Reporting by Shin-hyung Lee and Cynthia Kim; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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