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The Future of Asia 2018

South Korean official calls for economic assistance for North

Deputy prime minister says Asian countries should create multilateral fund

The international community has a "consensus to help North Korea," South Korean Deputy Prime Minister Kim Dong-yeon said at the Future of Asia forum in Tokyo on June 11. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- With the two recent inter-Korean summits and the highly anticipated U.S.-North Korea summit meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Singapore, the North Korea question is starting to change, South Korean Deputy Prime Minister Kim Dong-yeon said on Monday, noting that many bridges to the isolated nation need to be built to strengthen Asia's economy as a whole.

The international community has a "consensus to help North Korea" and "we need to make the wise decision to build the bridge, and this needs to be built by [South] Korea, by Japan and Asian countries," Kim said at the 24th International Conference on the Future of Asia. The two-day forum is being organized by Nikkei.

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