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POSCO consortium buys $1.1 bln stake in ArcelorMittal operator-source

SEOUL (Reuters) - A consortium which includes South Korean steelmaker POSCO (005490.KS) has agreed to buy a 15 percent stake in a Canadian iron ore mine operator controlled by ArcelorMittal (ISPA.AS) for $1.1 billion, a source familiar with the deal said on Wednesday.

A POSCO spokeswoman confirmed a consortium involving POSCO signed a stock purchase agreement to acquire a stake in the iron ore mine operator, but declined to elaborate on details.

South Korean wire service Yonhap Infomax reported Wednesday the consortium includes China Steel (2002.TW), which will share a $540 million payment with POSCO. The remaining $560 million is expected to be paid by financial investors including the National Pension Service, the report added.

A source had previously told Reuters that POSCO was seeking to buy the stake with South Korea's National Pension Service and other investors.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Michael Perry)

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