Vedanta not interested in Rio's Canadian iron ore

India's Vedanta Resources (LON:VED) will not pursue an acquisition of Rio Tinto's (NYSE:RIO) Canadian iron-ore project, a person familiar with the company told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

Financial considerations motivated the decision, the source said.

Since March, Rio Tinto – Canada's largest iron ore producer – has been trying to sell its 59% interest in Iron Ore Co. of Canada which operates a single mine in the Carol Lake region of Newfoundland. The move is part of a broader company strategy to cut $5 billion of its global expenses over the next two years.

China Minmetals Corp has shown strong interest in the $4 billion iron-ore operations.

Other potential buyers include Glencore Xstrata (LON:GLEN) and Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX).

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