NEW YORK - Banco de la Nacion, the largest bank in Argentina, has joined MasterCard's Maestro point of sale debit system.

MasterCard said the bank has the potential of issuing 650,000 cards with the Maestro brand.

Maestro enables consumers to make direct-debit purchases with their bank cards as an alternative to cash or checks. It can be used at more than 453,000 terminals in 60 countries.

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