Circle to cease minting USDC on Tron Network effective immediately

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Circle, the issuer of the U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin USD Coin (USDC), says it will discontinue support for the token on the Tron blockchain, saying the decision aligns with “efforts to ensure that USDC remains trusted, transparent and safe.”

“Effective immediately we will no longer mint USDC on TRON,” Circle said in a Feb. 20 blog post, adding it would gradually phase out support for the blockchain network.

Circle noted that it would still support its “Circle Mint” business customers’ USDC transfers to other blockchains until February 2025.

The company urged retail users and non-Circle customers to move their TRON-based USDC to an exchange so that it could be transferred to a blockchain network where USDC was still supported.

Circle did not give a reason for stopping support for Tron, only saying it “continually assesses the suitability of all blockchains” as part of its risk management process.

The firm added that the move to pull Tron support was the “result of an enterprise-wide approach that involved the business organization, compliance, and other functions across our company.”

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Last month, Circle filed to go public in the United States. Its USDC stablecoin commands a market capitalization of nearly $28 billion — second only to its rival stablecoin Tether (USDT), which boasts a valuation of $97.5 billion, per CoinGecko data

In November, Circle shot down claims it provides services to Tron founder Justin Sun, saying it hadn’t done so since February 2023 after an ethics group wrote to Congress claiming the firm was “compromised by its integration” with the Tron network.

The group, Campaign for Accountability, said that Tron “has been named in multiple international law enforcement actions involving billions of dollars in transactions by alleged organized crime groups and sanctioned entities.”

The Securities and Exchange Commission sued Sun and the Tron Foundation in March 2023 alleging they offered unregistered securities and conducted manipulative trading, which Sun denies.

Tron did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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